01:55 GMT01 August 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has noted deep divisions within the national government, lambasting that anti-Brexiteers, otherwise known as Remainers, are fearmongering about a possible short-term disruption of the UK withdrawal while overlooking its potential long-term benefits, the BuzzFeed news website reported.

    "What they don’t want is friction at the borders. They don’t want any disruption of the economy. So they’re sacrificing all the medium and long-term gains out of fear of short-term disruption. Do you see what I’m saying? The fear of short-term disruption has become so huge in people’s minds that they’ve turned into a quivering wreck," UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said at a closed-door meeting with Conservative activists.

    The so-called soft Brexit is supposed to be promoted by the Treasury, which was "basically the heart of Remain," according to Johnson.

    The politician raised concern that the United Kingdom could, as a result, end up with an arrangement that would cross many of the Brexiteers’ "red lines," and would find itself "locked in orbit around the EU, in the customs union, and to a large extent still in the single market."

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    Johnson also expressed the belief that UK Prime Minister Theresa May "is going to go into a phase where we are much more combative with Brussels." The politician suggested that UK officials have a lot to learn with regard to Brexit from US President Donald Trump’s strategies for making deals and holding talks.

    The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in 2016, but the vote left the country divided almost equally into "Remainers" and "Brexiteers." The UK-EU Brexit negotiations officially kicked off in June 2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.


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