Dutch PM says U.K. is waning amid Brexit chaos

Feb 14, 2019, 6:17 AM EST
Dutch PM Mark Rutte dismissed the allegations that the EU is trying to trap Britain in a “permanent limbo.”
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the U.K. a “waning country,” warning that its exit from the European Union would leave it “too small” to flourish on the world stage and that “there is no such thing as splendid isolation.”

Rutte cautioned that the U.K. is heading towards a “devastating” no-deal Brexit, pointing that the country’s lawmakers are making a lot of noise but little serious efforts to stop that, writes The Guardian.

Rutte dismissed the allegations that the EU is trying to trap Britain in a “permanent limbo” with the contentious Irish backstop arrangement, saying the bloc emphasizes on moving to the next phase of Brexit and forge new ties with the country, reports Dutch News.

The Netherlands, one of Britain’s biggest trade partners, stands to lose big after Brexit but Rutte said he would like to focus on positives, citing the “250 companies” that are planning to move to his country.

 

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