November 15, 2018 / 10:57 AM / a month ago

French PM Philippe: We have to be ready for 'no-deal' Brexit

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks during a questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday ongoing political uncertainty in Britain following the announcement of a deal with the EU on Brexit raised concerns about whether the agreement would end up being ratified.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit,” Philippe said during a visit to Dunkirk.

“The current political situation in Britain fuels uncertainty over the ratification of the accord,” he said, adding that the deal itself was a “step forward”.

Britain’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab was among several ministers who resigned following the deal, saying he could not support it.

(This story corrects the day of the week)

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Richard Lough; Editing by Luke Baker

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