Bringing the military to a state of high readiness will help to cope with unforeseen circumstances in the case of a hard option “Brexit”, said British defense Minister Gavin Williamson
London intends to bring to a state of high alert 3,500 troops to cope with “any unforeseen circumstances” in the case of a hard option of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (“Brexit”). The Minister of Defence of the United Kingdom Kevin Williamson said on Tuesday, December 18.
Such training is a precautionary measure, stressed the British Minister of labor and pensions Amber Rudd. The priority for the government remains the preservation of the deal with Brussels, said the Minister for the UK’s exit from the EU Stephen Barkley.
The British economy faces the destruction of production chains
British companies ” suspend investments” that should “increase productivity and level of innovation”, or direct them” to create stocks of finished products and transfer offices, factories and, consequently, jobs and tax revenues to the Treasury outside the UK”, according to the press release of the Association of chambers of Commerce of the United Kingdom. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement with Brussels, British firms “will face an abundance of new customs payment and duties,” the document says. In addition, the economy is threatened by the destruction of “carefully built production chains”, and “occupying “a leading position in the world” service sector will be “put at a disadvantage”, say representatives of the Association.
Theresa May has postponed a vote on the “Brexit”on January
On November 25, the heads of state and government of 27 EU countries at an extraordinary summit in Brussels supported the 585-page Treaty on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, which was agreed on November 13. In addition, a political Declaration regulating relations between the EU and London after “Brexit” was signed at the meeting.
On December 4, the British Parliament began a five-day debate. On December 17, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the vote in the British House of Commons on the “Brexit” agreement, which was scheduled for December 11, and then postponed to a later date, will take place in the third week of January. The opposition Labour party calls for a vote before December 22.