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Dominic Raab dismisses ‘scare story’ Brexit no deal reports as ‘very far from the truth’

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Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier shake hands during a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 26, 2018.
Britain’s
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab
and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier shake
hands during a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium July
26, 2018.

Reuters / Yves
Herman


  • UK and EU negotiators met in Brussels on Tuesday for
    the latest round of Brexit talks.
  • The UK’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab dismisses
    reports of medicine shortfalls under a no-deal Brexit as
    “hair-raising scare stories” which are “very far from the
    truth.”
  • The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has become
    significantly more likely in recent months as crucial issues
    remain unresolved.

 

LONDON — The UK’s Brexit Secretary has dismissed warnings that
Britain may need to stockpile medicine under a no deal Brexit as
“hair-raising scare stories,” as Theresa May’s government
prepares to publish its plans to cope with the impact of leaving
the European Union without a deal.

Responding to warnings from healthcare professionals and NHS
chiefs that the UK could face medicine shortages if it crashes
out of the EU in March next year, Raab said: “Some of these
hair-raising scare stories are very far from the truth.”

He said that the UK was still aiming to secure a deal but added
that it was “responsible” for the UK to prepare for all possible
outcomes.

“On the subject of no deal, our actions speak louder than words,”
he told a joint press conference in Brussels with the EU’s chief
Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Tuesday afternoon. 

Raab said he “looked forward” to explaining the context of his
words when the government publishes a range of documents
detailing its no deal preparations on Thursday.

The discussions between UK and EU counterparts come as both sides
ramp up preparations for the possibility of failing to secure an
exit deal.

The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019, and a number of
issues in talks such as the Northern Irish border remain
unresolved, meaning the prospect of a no deal exit has become
significantly more likely.

EU negotiators have cast doubt on the workability of May’s latest
set of exit proposals, labelled the Chequers deal.

While Raab says a deal is the most likely outcome, he has said
preparing for all outcomes is the most responsible approach.

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