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Germany: 'Smooth and orderly Brexit is profoundly necessary' - UK FM Hunt02:43

Germany: 'Smooth and orderly Brexit is profoundly necessary' - UK FM Hunt

Germany, Berlin
February 20, 2019 at 14:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt emphasised that "a smooth and orderly Brexit is profoundly necessary" to ensure the maintenance of the prosperous world order, while speaking at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.

"In the future we don't want historians to puzzle over our actions and ask themselves how it was that Europe failed to achieve an amicable change to its relationship with Britain, a friend and ally in every possible sense, and thereby inflicted grave and avoidable damage to our continent," Hunt added.

Hunt told the audience that "Britain is not going away. We are not relocating our island to the far side of the world."

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to travel to Brussels on Wednesday, as part of her continuing efforts to secure the changes to the Irish backstop mechanisms she claims are necessary to achieve a parliamentary majority for a withdrawal agreement.

Senior EU figures have, however, repeatedly reiterated that negotiations on the withdrawal agreement are over and thus that the backstop can't be altered.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is a German think-tank that shares close links with Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. The foundation is named for West Germany's first Chancellor and first CDU leader Konrad Adenauer.

Germany: 'Smooth and orderly Brexit is profoundly necessary' - UK FM Hunt02:43
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UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt emphasised that "a smooth and orderly Brexit is profoundly necessary" to ensure the maintenance of the prosperous world order, while speaking at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.

"In the future we don't want historians to puzzle over our actions and ask themselves how it was that Europe failed to achieve an amicable change to its relationship with Britain, a friend and ally in every possible sense, and thereby inflicted grave and avoidable damage to our continent," Hunt added.

Hunt told the audience that "Britain is not going away. We are not relocating our island to the far side of the world."

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to travel to Brussels on Wednesday, as part of her continuing efforts to secure the changes to the Irish backstop mechanisms she claims are necessary to achieve a parliamentary majority for a withdrawal agreement.

Senior EU figures have, however, repeatedly reiterated that negotiations on the withdrawal agreement are over and thus that the backstop can't be altered.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is a German think-tank that shares close links with Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. The foundation is named for West Germany's first Chancellor and first CDU leader Konrad Adenauer.