Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would be the only winner in the event of Britain crashing out of the European Union next March without a withdrawal agreement, Britain’s foreign minister said Tuesday.
Jeremy Hunt said Russian aggression made it crucial to maintain close diplomatic, defence and trade relations between Britain and the EU after the split.
Hunt is on his first major international trip since his predecessor Boris Johnson resigned over Brexit earlier this month.
He started the tour in China on Monday and was set to head on from Paris to Vienna as British Prime Minister Theresa May despatches ministers to EU countries in a bid to drum up one-on-one support.
Hunt said a no-deal Brexit was “the last thing they want”, adding that May’s chosen strategy, including pursuing a UK-EU free trade area, was to push for continued close ties.