March 13, 2019 / 3:57 PM / 5 months ago

Gove - leaving EU without a deal would be constitutionally challenging

Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain would face political, economic and constitutional challenges to leaving the European Union without a deal on March 29, senior minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday.

“There are also political challenges in leaving on March 29 without a deal... During the referendum campaign, we argued that we should leave with a deal,” environment minister Gove said, adding that tens of thousands of businesses were not prepared for a no-deal exit.

He also said there were “significant constitutional challenges as well,” and that a no-deal Brexit would make the situation in Northern Ireland uniquely difficult to sustain as there is no sitting executive in the province.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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