Airbus CEO says hard Brexit would mean "painful decisions" for United Kingdom operations

Airbus CEO says hard Brexit would mean

Airbus CEO says hard Brexit would mean "painful decisions" for United Kingdom operations

"In order to honour our commitment to the people of Ireland that there be no hard border, we would have to agree on full alignment on customs and regulations, so after a period of chaos we would perhaps end up where we are now, with a very similar deal", he said at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, according to broadcaster RTE.

He stated: "It is a disgrace that, more than two years after the result of the 2016 referendum, businesses are still unable to plan properly for the future".

Last week, British lawmakers dismissed the deal Prime Minister Theresa May had reached with the EU. "This applies especially to the backstop. without such an "all-weather" backstop-insurance, the European Parliament will not give its consent to the withdrawal agreement".

On Thursday evening pensions secretary Amber Rudd, who is reported to be the key figure in a group of pro-EU ministers meeting to plot an alternative to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, appeared on the BBC's Newsnight programme and refused three times to rule out quitting the Government if there was a no-deal scenario.

"If that is the case then the only way to prevent such a scenario is by affording the Irish people their say in the form of a border poll on Irish unity".

No 10 said they were "not there yet" with a new backstop proposal to take to Brussels.

May's deal was soundly defeated in the House of Commons this month, and she hopes to save it by removing or modifying the backstop to appease Conservative MPs.

May's government has rejected both ideas, but a growing number of lawmakers believe Britain will have to ask the European Union to delay Brexit past March 29 to solve the Brexit impasse.

With just 64 days to the UK's default departure from the union, the worldwide trade secretary flagged talks with counterparts from South Korea, Canada, Israel and Colombia for his trip to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Mr Harrington said he was "delighted" Mr Enders was "telling it like it is".

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds rejected his analysis as "not a constructive contribution" and told Mr Varadkar to "tone down the rhetoric".

But she added: "Unfortunately we are rolling ever closer to the edge of a cliff. It is only when the European Union comes to the table with a constructive mind-set that there will be real progress towards a mutually beneficial deal".

She replied: "No the government didn't - I mean the government have been talking to us and other industry representatives all the time, of course".

Media captionReality Check unpacks the basics of the backstop.

"If there is a no-deal Brexit, we at Airbus will have to make potentially very harmful decisions for the United Kingdom".

The news comes as UK Chancellor of the Exchequers Philip Hammond spoke to over 300 business executives in January to help soothe fears of a no-deal Brexit, with Tory minister Nick Boles proposing the idea that the government could extend Article 50 to help a divided Parliament finalise cross-party talks on the final agreement.

"In interview after interview he avoids the question and passes the buck".

Tom Enders' sharply worded statement comes as business leaders increasingly express their frustration at the lack of progress in securing a Brexit deal ahead of Britain's scheduled March 29 exit from the bloc.

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