September 13, 2018 / 1:44 PM / a year ago

UK should extend Brexit withdrawal period if needed-Scottish minister

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Britain should extend the time period for negotiating its exit the European Union to avoid the crippling cost of a “no-deal” Brexit, Scotland’s constitutional relations minister, Michael Russell, said on Thursday.

Speaking after London published advice to businesses on what to do if Britain does not clinch an exit deal, Russell said: “A no-deal Brexit should be unthinkable, which is why it should be ruled out, if necessary by extending the Article 50 (withdrawal) process.” (Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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