Published On: Mon, Sep 9th, 2019

Brexit news: Dutch minister says ‘enough is enough’ with Brexit | UK | News

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Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag has hit out at the “breathtaking” scenes witnessed in Westminster last week. She warned that the Brexit impasse is wasting EU assets and blighting the bloc’s decision-making abilities. She added that any further extension to the bloc’s Article 50 exit clause will not be handed to Britain without “good reason”.

This will come as a blow to a cross-party movement of rebels who have outlawed a no-deal Brexit and forced the Prime Minister to return to Brussels to beg for a further delay unless he can pass an agreement beforehand.

Ms Kaag said: “At a point enough is enough.

“At that state the certainty of deterioration might be better the continuing without perspective.

“At a certain point there must be clarity. A good reason is needed for a new delay. What? It is difficult to say categorically.

“You have to see the context and see if there is a realistic expectation that this will lead to a follow-up phase. But so far, the British have not presented an alternative to the Brexit agreement that is already in place.”

Ms Kaag warned that the EU’s goodwill would only stretch so far with Britain, most likely coming to an end when Brexit begins to wreak havoc on the bloc’s decision-making process.

She insisted that Britain’s divorce must not be able to stand in the way of preparations for a trade war between the United States and China.

“It is always better if you have your house in order and can say: now we are going to get involved with Americans or prepare ourselves better for the negative consequences of the trade war between the US and China,” she said.

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Today in Dublin, Mr Johnson insisted he was committed to securing a deal with Brussels before Britain is next scheduled to leave the EU on October 31.

The Prime Minister said allowing a no-deal Brexit would be a “failure of statecraft” by all the parties involved.

“I want to find a deal. I have looked carefully at no-deal. Yes, we could do it, the UK could certainly get through it, but be in no doubt that outcome would be a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible,” he said.

“I would overwhelmingly prefer to find an agreement. I do believe that a deal can be done by October 18 so let’s do it together.”

Returning to the Commons, the Prime Minister goaded MPs about any attempts to stop him taking the UK out of the EU on October 31.

He said: “We will come out on October 31, and I’m sure that parliamentarians will see the wisdom of doing that and respecting, honouring, the referendum result – the democratic referendum result.

“And, I’m absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in Parliament.”

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