EDINBURGH The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will be so detrimental that it will check out to rejoin in twenty a long time, Scotland’s Brexit minister claimed on Thursday.
Michael Russell told a Scottish parliamentary committee there was a substantial possibility that Brexit talks would fall short soon and that the bill for Brexit was the biggest stumbling block.
Britain is about to enter negotiations with the EU around the phrases of its exit, due in March 2019, nevertheless relations with Brussels have been overshadowed in current months by a public show of brinkmanship.
“I essentially imagine in twenty a long time time, if the British isles does arrive out, in twenty a long time time the British isles will be in the system of attempting to be again in and it will have dropped twenty a long time of influence and development,” claimed Michael Russell, whose official title is Minister for British isles Negotiations on Scotland’s Position in Europe.
“It is that silly.”
The June 23 Brexit referendum identified as the foreseeable future of the United Kingdom into query for the reason that England and Wales voted to depart but Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to keep.
Considering that then, the professional-independence Scottish government’s proposals to preserve Scotland in the solitary sector right after the United Kingdom leaves have been rejected by London as unworkable, and relations have been strained.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary modifying by Man Faulconbridge)