Umunna – Complacency on display from ministers is staggering

Brexit Secretary David Davis today dismissed Michel Barnier’s two-week deadline for the UK to reach ‘sufficient progress’ in the Brexit negotiations. 

It was also revealed today that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove wrote a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May giving her secret instructions on how to manage a hard Brexit. 

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“Even by their own standards, the complacency on display from ministers today is quite staggering. Nobody believes Davis Davis when he says “huge” progress has been made in the talks. 

“His claim that the Northern Ireland issue can be easily resolved ignores the reality that this Government has made a hard border inevitable. His belief that Britain would be fine with no deal disregards the terrible damage it would do to the NHS and to people’s jobs and wages.

“And to hear this morning that Michael Gove and Boris Johnson - who should be collecting his P45 - are secretly dictating Brexit terms to Theresa May is alarming. 

“As new facts emerge it must be up to the British people, not self-serving ministers, what path our country takes. Brexit is reversible if people change their minds.” 

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Notes to Editors

The full story on David Davis’ dismissal of the two-week Brexit deadline can be read here

The full story on Johnson and Gove’s letter to Theresa May can be read here