Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Boris Johnson urges clean Brexit, 2 years after United Kingdom vote to quit

Boris Johnson urges clean Brexit, 2 years after United Kingdom vote to quit

The anti-Brexit campaigners marched on parliament to mark the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, demanding a "people's vote" on whether to approve the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May strikes with the European Union, if an agreement is struck at all.

"Whilst the Conservatives may wish to ignore reality and pat each other on the back after two years of achieving precisely nothing in the Brexit negotiations, they can not expect businesses to act in the same way".

People's Vote March Crowds.

Rather than a second Brexit referendum, campaigners were calling for a "people's vote", to approve the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May makes with the EU. In 2016, 16,000 people signed a petition that thwarted the government's move to remove all European Union flags from public buildings.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said people would not tolerate a "bog roll Brexit" that was "soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long". Today marks two years since a June 23, 2016 referendum resulted in a decision to quit the 28-nation EU.

Airbus, in its Brexit "risk assessment" published on Thursday, said if the United Kingdom left the EU next year without a deal - meaning it left both the single market and customs union immediately and without any agreed transition - it would "lead to severe disruption and interruption of United Kingdom production".

"But two years later, all we've got are broken promises, an economy that's already feeling the strain of Brexit and a government paralyzed by internal divisions", he said.

Speaking on BBC radio, Jurgen Maier, head of German manufacturer Siemens in Britain, said slogans such as "full British Brexit" - used by Johnson - were "incredibly unhelpful".

He told the BBC: 'The Prime Minister has always said nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and that no deal would be better than a bad deal, and I think it's essential as we enter the next phase of the negotiations that the European Union understands that and believes it'.

"I have lived and worked across Europe, it's home".

Hunt said the best way for businesses to achieve the "clarity and certainty" they needed was to back the prime minister in her negotiations with Brussels. He suggested instead getting closer to European states to work out what a "realistic, pragmatic Brexit is, which works for both sides".

"She brings incredible resilience and we have to allow her to get on and negotiate this deal".

He added he thought a second referendum was "almost inevitable" as "demographically, younger people are in favour, they want jobs, they don't want to sing Elgar".

The party said Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable would tell Saturday's rally that "Brexit is not a done deal. The British people deserve a lot more than a no deal Brexit".

"Whatever your opinion on Brexit, no one would disagree that it's a big deal".

The march comes amid a poll this week that found 48 percent of people supported a referendum on the final deal, while 25 percent were opposed to it.

"We are seriously considering whether we should continue that development or we should find alternate solutions", Williams said about plans to manufacture airplane wings in Britain.

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