Brexit: No-deal ‘risks break-up of UK’ – Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy Symbol copyright Getty Images Image caption Herman Van Rompuy was Ecu Council president between 2009 and 2014

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the break-up of the united kingdom, the ex-president of the european Council has warned.

Herman Van Rompuy advised the Observer leaving the eu with out a deal posed an “existential threat” to the uk.

He added a no-deal scenario might have a “massive impact” on “areas corresponding to Scotland”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has prior to now mentioned she will make a decision whether or not to back a 2nd referendum on independence by the top of 2018.

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Mr Van Rompuy’s comments come after the federal government revealed its first set of documents starting off no-deal advice for UNITED KINGDOM companies and public our bodies.

Extra documents are expected within the coming weeks – and Downing Street has scheduled a cupboard assembly to co-ordinate planning for the middle of September.

Currently, mid-October is seen as the most likely cut-off date for an settlement commencing the phrases of UNITED KINGDOM-ECU divorce.

Speaking last week, UNITED KINGDOM Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said achieving an settlement with the eu used to be still essentially the most most probably outcome – but preparing for other situations used to be the “responsible” factor to do.

‘Operation worry’

Mr Van Rompuy mentioned that dialogue amounted to “nationalist rhetoric that belongs to another generation”.

The former Belgian top minister introduced that he believed no-deal comments from govt ministers were part of “operation worry”, intended to scare the ecu into compromising on a deal.

Former UNITED KINGDOM Brexit secretary, David Davis, has also accused the united kingdom govt of scaremongering over the implications of a no-deal Brexit in a tactic which he argues undermines the uk’s negotiating position.

Writing within the Solar on Sunday newspaper, he stated a caution from Chancellor Philip Hammond that this kind of situation may just hit GDP by way of as much as 10% was “an try to frighten the inhabitants into imagining the most terrible results of leaving the european and not using a deal”.

‘Good deal’ confidence

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “we’ve always said the United Kingdom would continue to thrive within the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“However we’re confident of having an even deal – one that grants for each a part of the United Kingdom and takes back control of our cash, rules and our borders. that may be what this govt will ship.”

Scotland’s Brexit secretary, Michael Russell, said Mr Van Rompuy’s comments underlined the Scottish govt’s personal warnings about the “catastrophic” implications for jobs, funding and residing standards of a no-deal Brexit.

He said: “the uk executive must instead commit to staying throughout the customs union and unmarried marketplace – the biggest such market in the global, that’s around eight times the scale of the united kingdom marketplace alone.

“it is extremely relating to – and irresponsible of the united kingdom executive – that the entire basis of our financial dating with the eu Union and demanding issues comparable to customs preparations haven’t been agreed, with the clock ticking towards an european go out in March subsequent year.

“it is also deeply relating to that the possible chaos of a no-deal Brexit is now observed clearly by with reference to everyone concerned – including the former president of the ecu Council – apart from the united kingdom government.”

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