September 5, 2019 / 9:36 AM / 3 months ago

UK must prepare for no-deal in case any Brexit delay request blocked - minister

Britain's Brexit Minister for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay speaks during debate in the House of Commons in London, Britain September 4, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will continue preparing for a no-deal Brexit even if parliament passes a law forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay because any European Union member state could block that request, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday.

“The legal position on an extension is that it requires the support of every member state, including the United Kingdom,” Barclay told parliament. “So it is the case ... we would need to continue to prepare for no deal because it is within the scope of any member state to block an extension.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by William James

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