Europe Minister: Britain’s Brexit strategy is a “rather bleak situation”

Tytti Tuppurainen is in Strasbourg for a plenary session of the European Parliament where Britain's departure from the EU is being discussed.

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File picture of Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP), 1st July 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

Finland’s Europe Minister has described Britain’s chaotic Brexit strategy as a “rather bleak situation.”

Writing on Twitter from Strasbourg at the start of a European Parliament plenary session to discuss Britain’s departure from the European Union, Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) shared her thoughts on the negotiation strategy of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“In July the UK got a new government and a new Prime Minister. Unfortunately it is increasingly clear that this has not helped to clarify the situation or the UK’s negotiating position.”

“This rather bleak situation should, however, not distract us from our priority, which remains an orderly withdrawal, to put an end to the uncertainty caused by Brexit” says Tuppurainen.

The Minister says that the EU has asked Britain to put forward “concrete, detailed and operational ideas” about how to guarantee there is no hard border on the island of Ireland, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the EU.

She also describes “It is an unfortunate situation and many citizens and businesses continue to suffer from the uncertainty caused by Brexit […] we will in any scenario need to address our fundamental priorities with the UK: safeguarding citizens’ rights, honouring the UK’s financial obligations resulting from its membership of the EU, and providing an insurance to preserve the integrity of the Single Market, the Level Playing Field and the stability on the island of Ireland” the minister says.