International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has admitted to Bloomberg TV that the UK could leave the EU before any trade deal was signed.
Ministers have previously stated they wanted an “implementation” or “transition” period to avoid repeated changes in regulations – but leaving without a deal being signed would likely ensure the opposite.
Commenting, Stella Creasy MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The Prime Minister says she wants an implementation period, but she and her ministers have now admitted there will be nothing to implement.
“Liam Fox is expressing the Government’s view that we should simply jump over the cliff edge, with no idea of what lies below.
“This is astonishingly reckless, and for the hundreds of thousands of people in Britain who work hard in jobs that rely on EU trade it could be disastrous.
“We should not leave until we know where we are going. If the Brexiters cannot tell us that, we all have the right to question whether Brexit is the right choice for the country.”
Notes to editors
Bloomberg’s report can be read here: www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-21/u-k-could-leave-eu-before-trade-deal-is-agreed-liam-fox-says