The Minister of Brexit: "Delaying more the exit does not interest anyone"


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Stephen Barclay, secretary for the departure of the EU, warns, as has Boris Johnson, that London will leave the Union on October 31, regardless of whether or not a divorce agreement has been reached.

Stephen Barclay, at the gates of Downing Street
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Stephen Barclay, the Third Minister of Brexit in three years, already counts the days for the relief in Downing Street and nevertheless maintains the hope of retaining the position (or even winning a promotion) in the possible first Cabinet of Boris Johnson: "Vote for him from the first round and I think it is the candidate to give a final boost to Brexit and the one that will have a greater pull among the voters, with all my respect for Jeremy Hunt. "

Although he is still a member of the May Cabinet, Barclay echoes his hypothetical future boss and expresses his conviction that the departure from the EU will occur on the date set for October 31, with or without agreement. "Nobody is interested in delaying the Brexit more," he said in a statement to a group of foreign journalists.

"We do not want it and Brussels does not want it either, where we already notice a certain fatigue and have made it clear that a new postponement is something 'undesirable'"warns the Brexit secretary" It does not interest even the British companies, which want to put an end to the uncertainty and start making plans for the future ".

Stephen Barclay, 47, happened to the resignations David Davis and Dominic Raab, and arrived eight months ago to the position "cursed" for his accumulated credits as a conservative politician and as a banker in the City. He held the position when Theresa May's agreement was already closed.

His impossible mission was to take off last-minute commitments with Brussels that they served nothing in the three fire tests of the Parliament.

With his eyes on his successor, Barclay exculpates, nevertheless, his still-female leader because of his failed strategy: "The Brexit has not been possible due to the complexity of the matter, that consists neither more nor less than in breaking the links forged during 40 years, with the background of a country and a Parliament deeply divided ".

The changing of the guard in London and Brussels will serve to "print a new dynamic" to the negotiations, in Barclay's opinion, including the possibility of a review of the policy "safeguards" to avoid the return to the hard border between the two Irlandas: "We need a new positive attitude and with the focus on our future relationship".

Barclay warns that the key can ultimately be in the hands of Dubln, "as the 'no agreement' will have a symmetrical impact on the EU and the one that will suffer the most economically will be the Republic of Ireland, even more than the United Kingdom, when practically 40% of its exports are affected ".

"We do not want a 'no agreement', but we are accelerating the preparations," stresses the Minister of Brexit. "Our priority is to leave the EU on the date fixed and with an agreement, but we have more than 300 teams working on the possibility of 'no deal', which will be in any case better than the 'no Brexit', because that will mean breaching the result of the referendum. The people who vote for the exit are increasingly frustrated and rightly so. "

The real danger, he says, will be the holding of a second referendum of the EU, both for the territorial integrity of the country and for the economic future: "A new referendum will be extremely divisive and probably not decisive, as there has not been a visible change among voters in these three years. it will serve more than to prolong the uncertainty. "

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