July 29, 2019 / 6:33 AM / 21 days ago

Britain is turbo-charging no-deal Brexit preparations - foreign minister

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - Britain is turbo-charging its no-deal Brexit preparations and will be ready to leave the bloc with or without a deal on Oct. 31, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday.

Raab, an avowed Brexiteer, said the “undemocratic” Irish backstop had to go from the Withdrawal Agreement.

“We want a good deal with EU partners and friends but that must involve the abolition of the undemocratic backstop,” Raab told the BBC. “What the prime minister has instructed and the cabinet has accepted is a turbo-charging of those preparations.”

Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, who is opposed to leaving the EU without a transition agreement, told BBC radio that lawmakers would seek to stop a no-deal Brexit but that it was not clear whether parliament could prevent such a scenario. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by William Schomberg)

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