France has shortly launched an emergency plan for handling the effects of a no-deal Brexit، which has become “less and less unlikely”، Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday.
Speaking after a ministerial meeting called to discuss the British parliament’s rejection of the divorce deal negotiated with the EU، Philippe said: “I have taken the decision to activate the plan for a no-deal Brexit or hard Brexit as it is sometimes called.”
He said "we strongly believe" Britain will leave with no exit deal، notably after the British parliament this week overwhelmingly rejected a divorce agreement worked out with the EU.
The French parliament adopted a law Wednesday allowing emergency measures after March 30 in the event Britain leaves without a deal.
Such measures could aim to reduce problems in cross-border trade and transport، notably through the Eurotunnel beneath the English Channel، and allow British workers and retirees based in France temporary permission to stay until a longer-term deal is worked out.
Britain's Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union on Tuesday night. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately called for a no-confidence vote، but May's government survived it on Wednesday night.