No-deal Brexit would betray Britain

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A no-deal Brexit would betray Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, UK former finance minister Philip Hammond said Wednesday, as he slammed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “wrecking” approach to negotiations. Hammond, who quit as chancellor just hours before Johnson took over from Theresa May on July 24, said there was no popular or parliamentary mandate for a no-deal Brexit, saying most people wanted an orderly exit from the EU. “No-deal would be a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result. It must not happen,” he wrote in The Times newspaper. He said it could turn Britain into “a diminished and inward-looking little England”. —AFP

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