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May not bluffing when she says UK will leave EU without deal if necessary: Liam Fox

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows British premier Theresa May and secretary for international trade Liam Fox. (Getty Images)

Liam Fox The British International Trade Secretary says UK Prime Minister Theresa May is not “bluffing” when she threatens to take Britain out of the European Union without a deal.

"Our negotiating partners would not be wise if they believed the Prime Minister was bluffing," he said about May’s resolve to BBC.

He added the consequences of a situation where no deal is reached are actually detrimental to EU members too: "If we were to leave, the economic impact on a number of European countries would be severe. Countries like Ireland, countries like the Netherlands, countries like Belgium -- would really feel the impact of that and that cannot be what the European Union 27 actually want to see.”

"The Prime Minister has always said that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and that no deal would be better than a bad deal, and I think it's essential as we enter the next phase of the negotiations that the European Union understands that and believes it,” he added.

Fox forecast that as exit day approached, individual EU countries would start pressing Brussels to do a deal in their economic interests.

Some have hinted given that the International Trade Secretary is one of the strongest Cabinet voices in favor of a decisive Brexit, his comments may be seen as a bid to further boost May's resolve.

Brexiteer cabinet ministers back Fox

 Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, and David Davis, the Brexit secretary, in a round of media appearances supported Fox and his stance on leaving Brexit, if forced, without a deal.

Asked about the prospect of leaving without a deal, Davis told The Express: "We don't want to do that, never have. The best option is leaving with a good deal but you've got to be able to walk away from the table. “ 

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis arrives for a meeting with the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, March 19, 2018. (Reuters)

And writing in The Sun, Johnson said: "Across the country I find people who - whatever they voted two years ago - just want us to get on and do it.”

"They don't want a half-hearted Brexit. They don't want some sort of hopeless compromise, some perpetual push me-pull you arrangement in which we stay half-in and half-out in a political no man's land -- with no more ministers round the table in Brussels and yet forced to obey EU laws.”


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