FILE PHOTO: British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers a speech on the annual Mansion Home dinner in London, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Pool/File Photograph
LONDON (Reuters) – France is prone to threaten delays on its border with Britain to exert political leverage if there’s a no-deal Brexit, British finance minister Philip Hammond mentioned on Wednesday.
France is technically able to managing the customs checks wanted for a clean stream of products and autos after a no-deal Brexit, however might select to not, Hammond mentioned in an interview with broadcaster ITV.
“They’ll use the deployment of these techniques as a political instrument in what will likely be fairly a row, if we find yourself leaving in a no-deal situation. Suppose the border between Spain and Gibraltar,” he mentioned.
Site visitors crossing the border between Spain and Gibraltar is usually topic to hours of delays when Spain needs to emphasise its long-standing objection to British sovereignty over the territory. A no-deal Brexit can be Britain leaving the European Union with out a withdrawal deal to clean the transition.
Reporting by David Milliken; Enhancing by Frances Kerry