Brexit: no deal is the worst possible outcome for the UK and for Denmark

Opening a conference in Copenhagen co-organised by Danish news site Altinget and Rasmussen Global, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that no Brexit deal is the worst possible outcome for both the UK and Denmark. He said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the conference “The Road Towards Brexit”. A conference organised in […]

Opening a conference in Copenhagen co-organised by Danish news site Altinget and Rasmussen Global, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that no Brexit deal is the worst possible outcome for both the UK and Denmark.

He said:

“It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the conference “The Road Towards Brexit”. A conference organised in cooperation between Rasmussen Global and Altinget.

“Almost one year ago – on the 23rd of June 2016 – I woke up in London. The weather wasn’t great that morning – in fact it was pouring down. Briefly, the bad weather made me question my own expectations for the outcome of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum that would take place on the same day. But I quickly brushed my fear aside – reasoning that pragmatism would prevail.

“Fast-forward to today we are faced with a completely new set of realities. The UK is bound to leave the largest free trade area in the world and a community that has bridged centuries of political divide in Europe.

“Furthermore, following last Thursday’s general election, the new British government will now have to handle a tricky parliamentary situation.

“There is a discussion over whether the outcome will lead to a softer or harder Brexit, or more chance of no deal at all.

“It is true that the Prime Minister’s mandate for leaving the Single Market and Customs Union can now be questioned.

“The Prime Minister has had to tear up most of her manifesto. But even if she did intend to change direction in the upcoming negotiations, the Prime Minister’s room for manoeuvre within her own Parliamentary Party is limited.

“We will see how this new dynamic plays out in the coming days and weeks. What I can say is that no deal is the worst possible outcome for the UK and for Denmark.

“The UK is Denmark’s fourth largest trading partner. The impact and disruption caused by no deal would harm Denmark and should be avoided.

“That is why I am eager for the EU and the UK to begin these talks next week in earnest, and to secure ‘sufficient progress’ on the early priorities as quickly as possible. The Irish border, the Divorce Bill, and Citizens’ rights. We need to push past the divorce and begin constructing a new partnership for mutual benefit.

“Today, we have gathered an exclusive group of speakers who will bring us up to speed on the latest development. The CEO of Altinget, Rasmus Nielsen, and former ambassador, Birger Riis-Jørgensen, who also works as Senior Adviser in Rasmussen Global, will guide us through the day and moderate discussions.

“Now, I will like to introduce the first speaker. We are very grateful, that the Danish Minister of Finance, Kristian Jensen, will open our conference. Kristian Jensen is known as a staunch supporter of globalisation and free trade. We look forward to hearing your views on Brexit and Denmark’s approach to the negotiations with the UK. Kristian – the floor is yours.”

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