British Prime Minister Theresa May faces strong headwinds in her efforts to push the Brexit deal through her divided party and Britain’s parliament.
Gerald Darmanin France’s Minister of Customs stated, French companies need to be more prepared to the reality of Britain exit from the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019.
His comments come in the wake of French budget minister Darmanin saying on Thursday that he was not only “very worried” about companies’ lack of interest in Brexit, but also that many were unaware it could happen.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is pushing to sell the Brexit deal to her divided parliament with a vote set to take place on December 11.
The EU has made it clear that Brexit will not be renegotiated.
“I think French businesses really need to understand that Brexit can happen … and can happen without any deal,” said Darmanin to a special Brexit committee in France’s lower house of parliament.
His comments come in the wake of Darmanin attending a Brexit meeting in northern France where only 30 people showed; the meeting had been set up on the request of the business community.
“For the first time in my life, I’ve got the impression that the public administration is better prepared than the business world,” said Darmanin.
The government is in the process of hiring 700 extra customs agents and is looking to invest millions of euros in extra border control facilities in preparation for a no Brexit deal.