United Kingdom health minister tells companies to stop warnings about Brexit

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WPA POOL GETTYMark Carney made the speech on Thursday evening

Jeremy Hunt has called warnings by the aerospace giant Airbus about the UK's Brexit strategy "completely inappropriate", saying the government should ignore the "siren voices".

Boris Johnson has urged the Prime Minister to deliver a "full British Brexit" as Cabinet colleagues warned the United Kingdom is able to walk away without a deal. We've got this flawless intersection of GDPR and Brexit colliding and that will force the issue sooner rather than later, ' he said.

'We are in an absolutely critical moment in the Brexit discussions and what that means is that we need to get behind Theresa May to deliver the best possible Brexit.

A number of major businesses, including banks and auto makers, have said that a failure to reach free-trade agreement could disastrous for them.

But Airbus's United Kingdom boss, Katherine Bennett, told the BBC: "This is not project fear, this is dawning reality".

The ministers' comments prompted criticism from Siemens UK chief executive Juergen Maier, who said they were "incredibly unhelpful" and said it was time to work for a more pragmatic deal with the EU.

German auto maker BMW added its voice to the chorus saying it needs to know within months what the government's preferred position is on customs and trade after Brexit.

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His criticism of Airbus, an aeronautical manufacturer which employs 14,000 people.

The Brexit-supporting Lord attacked Remainers for destroying the UK's "confidence and mojo" and told John Pienaar that the government had not handled Brexit well.

Johnson was also quoted in the Telegraph newspaper by two sources as dismissing business leaders' concerns about the impact of Brexit, using foul language in a meeting with European Union diplomats. Brexiteers say that the vote has already been held and that the "people's will" should be respected.

Ministers must respect businesses and maintain good relations, while firms that do decide to enter the fray should remember that there are two sides to this negotiation, and the European Union will need to show some flexibility if a satisfactory deal is to be reached.

Hunt also dismissed criticism of government claims that the £20bn spending boost to the NHS would come partly from a "Brexit dividend" - which the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said does not exist, given economic forecasts about the impact on growth of leaving the EU.

The event was attended by pro-EU politicians from across Britain's political spectrum, including the main opposition Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and some rebel members of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party.

"We're going to end up having less than the European Union in name, so that we can honour the wish of 17 billion people, but in reality we won't have control of our borders, we won't have control of our judges and we will not be able to do our own trade deals around the world". We haven't made it public for very simple reasons.

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