The government has continued to send mixed signals on the outcome of Brexit, with Commons leader Andrea Leadsom saying now that a no-deal scenario is still on the table.
On the Today programme this morning, when asked whether the Government is still considering a no-deal Brexit, she said: “Of course we are. Essentially that is what will happen if we don’t vote for a deal.”
She added: “The government does not want no-deal. It is there because that is the legal default position. And any competent government must prepare for all eventualities.”
Even as a negotiating tactic, it’s like saying “Give me what I want or I’ll shoot myself in the head”.
A reminder of what it would mean:
— Richard Corbett (@RCorbettMEP) February 15, 2019
May’s negotiating tactics under fire
The news comes after a motion supporting Theresa May’s negotiating strategy with Brussels was voted down.
The motion however was not legally binding, and a spokesperson for the Prime Minister stated that she would continue with her tactics with the EU negotiators.
Theresa May’s government also revealed they would meet to identify and publish the effects a no-deal Brexit would have on the UK.
Government has agreed to meet to identify and then publish the relevant papers detailing the devastating effect a #NoDeal #Brexit will have on business’s and trade. No need to push my amendment to a vote & if Govt does none of the above I’ll be back on Feb 27 …
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) February 14, 2019