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France triggers 'hard Brexit' plan, to invest in ports and airports

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France triggers 'hard Brexit' plan, to invest in ports and airports
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech during a news conference in Paris, France January 9, 2019. Christophe Ena/Pool via REUTERS   -   Copyright  POOL(Reuters)
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PARIS (Reuters) – France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with an eventual “hard Brexit,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday, including 50 million euros (£44.28 million) of investments to help ports and airports cope.

“What’s certain is that the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is less and less unlikely. That’s why… I have decided to trigger the plan for a no-deal Brexit,” Philippe told reporters.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s two-year attempt to forge an amicable divorce was crushed by the British parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British leader in modern history.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Richard Lough)

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