Jeremy Hunt: EU Must ‘Change Its Approach’ To Avoid A No-Deal Brexit

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Jeremy Hunt has said that the European Union needs to “change its approach” in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Talking at the start of a three-day tour of Northern Europe, the foreign secretary urged the European Commission, that is headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, to manifest a “pragmatic approach” to the Brexit negotiations.

He stated: “The risk of no Brexit deal has been increasing recently. The British government is doing everything it can to avoid that outcome.”

Hunt continued: “We have put some serious proposals on the table.”

He added: “But we do need to see a change in approach by the European Commission if we’re going to have a pragmatic approach that works for everyone.

Hunt concluded: “I know that they are considering these proposals and we very much hope that we can make progress.”

The foreign secretary was talking at a news conference that was held in Copenhagen with Timo Soini, his Danish counterpart, as he set out on a trip that will also see him travel to Latvia, the Netherlands, and Finland.

The government of the United Kingdom is perceived to be ramping up the warnings of a no-deal over the summer after Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, faced massive criticism from some of the Conservative Brexiteers over her Chequers proposal.

PM May has asserted that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

Various Eurosceptics have urger her to go one step further and pull out of the discussions, discussing the benefits that the United Kingdom may have if it leaves with no deal.

Last month, a Tory backbencher, Dominic Grieve, said that a no-deal would put the United Kingdom in a “state of emergency”.  Grieve is also one of those who led the rebellion to give MPs more power to control the Brexit talks if they failed.

In an interview with Sky News, he stated: “Basic services that we take for granted might not be available.”

Hunt has previously said that Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, would be the “only person rejoicing” once Brussels and Britain failed to agree on a deal.