America’s most senior intelligence chief warned on Tuesday that a no deal Brexit could “substantially weaken” the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Dan Coats, the US director of national intelligence, warned that there would be “economic disruption” if London and Brussels fail to reach an agreement over the terms of departure.
Mr Coats expressed the concerns in prepared remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee as he and five other intelligence chiefs discussed “worldwide threats”.
“In Europe, political, economic and social trends will increase political uncertainty and complicate efforts to push back against some autocratic tendencies,” Mr Coats said.
“Meanwhile, the possibility of a no deal Brexit, in which the UK exits the EU without an agreement, remains. This would cause economic disruptions that could substantially weaken the UK and Europe.”