The Government’s position on Brexit has become even more confused today, as the Home Secretary said leaving the EU with no deal would be “unthinkable” – shortly after the Brexit Secretary told the House of Commons that the Government must continue to threaten to leave the EU with no deal.
During his statement to the House, David Davis said: “The maintenance of the option of no deal is both for negotiating reasons and sensible security. Any Government doing its job properly will do that.”
Later, at a meeting of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Amber Rudd said: “I think it is unthinkable that there would be no deal.”
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“This Government is in total chaos over their threat to leave the EU with no deal. The Home Secretary is absolutely right to say leaving with no deal would be unthinkable, but she was contradicted just minutes earlier by the Brexit Secretary who continues to insist that the threat must be kept in place.
“Cabinet division is increasing the likelihood of our country crashing out of the EU with an extreme, destructive Brexit that would put jobs at risk.
“If Ministers want to make any progress in the Brexit negotiations, they need to drop their dangerous and counterproductive threat to leave with no deal.”