McGrory – Ministers are playing deal or no deal on Brexit

Leading Cabinet Ministers have contradicted each other on Brexit once again today.

This afternoon, at a joint press conference with the Mexican Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the UK should be “prepared to walk away” from the Brexit negotiations, and that “we will come through it very well” if that happens.

However, earlier today, First Secretary of State Damian Green said “no” when asked if the Government would walk out of the talks. 

Commenting, James McGrory, Executive Director of Open Britain, said:

“Senior members of the Government are acting like they’ve invited Noel Edmonds into Number 10 to host a Cabinet special of deal or no deal.

“No sooner has Damian Green rightly opposed leaving the EU without a deal than Boris Johnson pops up to argue that it would be nothing to worry about.

“Boris Johnson promised the British people that Brexit would not leave our country worse off and yet now he endorses a dangerous, extreme policy that would hammer our economy and damage our public services.

“Betting the house instead on trade with Mexico, a country responsible for less than one per cent of British trade, just goes to show how delusional he really is.

“Theresa May needs to impose some discipline in her Cabinet, drop her empty no deal threat, and negotiate to keep Britain in the Single Market and the Customs Union.”

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