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“Brexit Fury”: Portugal fears no deal Brexit “would devastate economy”

“Brexit Fury”: Portugal fears no deal Brexit “would devastate economy”

Portugal is being portrayed in UK as “furious” over the time it’s taking to broker a Brexit deal.

Says one of the UK’s pro-Brexit tabloids, “Lisbon fears the country’s economy would be devastated by a no-deal divorce”.

Quoting foreign affairs minister Augusto Santos Silva speaking at a recent conference with the Confederation of Portuguese Industries, the Express says Brussels (more specifically the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier) is being seen as leaving Portugal “in limbo”.

More importantly, Portugal may opt to sideline the process as soon as it possibly can.

Said Santos Silva, the situation should not be seen as a divorce from Europe: it is much more subtle than that: “We are getting divorced so that we can immediately get into a new relationship”, he stressed.

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