Jeremy Hunt: UK better off outside EU, even without a deal

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt | Pool photo by Tolga Akmen/Getty Images

Jeremy Hunt: UK better off outside EU, even without a deal

UK foreign secretary heaps praise on his predecessor, Boris Johnson.

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8/22/18, 4:49 PM CET

Updated 8/22/18, 5:40 PM CET

LONDON — The U.K. will be “better off outside the EU,” even if it leaves the bloc with no deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Wednesday.

In the latest of several recent statements on the desirability or otherwise of a no-deal Brexit, Hunt told Axios that, despite backing Remain at the 2016 referendum, he was now of the view that the U.K. is best served by leaving, whatever the outcome of negotiations.

Hunt has previously outlined how his views have changed since the referendum, but his comments on the no-deal scenario have varied. Last week he wrote on Twitter that Britain “WOULD survive and prosper without a deal” after telling ITV that no-deal “would be a mistake we would regret for generations.”

In his latest interview, Hunt also heaped praise on his predecessor Boris Johnson, who resigned last month in protest at Theresa May’s softening of her Brexit stance. Johnson has “changed the course of British history through his campaigning for Brexit,” Hunt said.

Asked if Johnson, who is Conservative Party members’ favorite to replace May, would make a good prime minister, Hunt said: “I don’t agree with him on everything but, you know, who knows for the future?”

The foreign secretary also struck a conciliatory note with Washington over Donald Trump’s tariffs on EU imports,

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