Friday, 7 July 2017

Independent: Brexit will ‘undoubtedly’ damage Britain’s influence on world stage, says William Hague

Independent: Brexit will ‘undoubtedly’ damage Britain’s influence on world stage, says William Hague

Brexit will “undoubtedly” damage Britain’s capacity to work with other EU countries on issues relating to foreign affairs and its ability to exert influence in the world, according to the former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Speaking to the House of Lord’s EU external affairs sub-committee, Lord Hague, who is also a former Tory leader, added it could even be possible Britain would be in a position of advocating EU membership for countries in the Balkans while simultaneously negotiating to leave the bloc.

But when asked by peers how Brexit will affect the UK’s relationship with the 27 other EU countries, he replied: “Brexit will be damaging to our ability to work with other EU countries, obviously on foreign affairs and influence their outlook overall.

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