Brexit: Portugal is “prepared for all scenarios”, Portuguese foreign affairs minister says

  • ECO News
  • 12 December 2018

The Foreign affairs minister said that the recent developments in the UK are "internal" issues which won't affect the work done by the Portuguese "at the political and technical level" until now.

The Portuguese minister of foreign affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, on Wednesday refused to comment on the no-confidence motion against the British prime minister and reaffirmed that the government of Portugal is preparing “for all scenarios.”

“I have nothing to say about the internal movements of a political party,” Santos Silva told journalists at the entrance to a meeting with the social partners on the European Council this week, answering the question about the motion of internal censure presented by members of the conservative party against British prime minister Theresa May.

“This is not an issue that concerns Portugal’s minister of foreign affairs directly,” he said, stressing that “the complication” that exists it that the Brexit agreement has to be approved by the British parliament, so it can be voted in the European parliament afterwards.

In this sense, the action of the Portuguese government remains: “We are preparing for all scenarios,” Santos Silva said. “This is what we have done, at the political and technical level, for several months.”