Monday, 5 August 2019

Campaign response – 38 Degrees campaign on no deal Brexit

Thank you to constituents who have written to me recently regarding their concerns for a no-deal Brexit.

I understand the natural concerns that many constituents have around the implications of no deal Brexit, and my preferred position remains to be that we leave with a better deal that neither undermines the integrity of the union nor leave us in a position where we are locked in a customs union with the EU indefinitely.

I know that the new Prime Ministers also has his concerns about no deal and that shares my preferred position to leave the EU with a deal on 31 October. 

However I have also been clear that no deal is better than a bad deal. There has been a lot of scaremongering going on by some, but I believe that whatever the outcome the UK will not only cope by thrive outside of the EU. I am pleased to see that the Government is continuously making the public aware of the preparations that have been put in place for a no deal outcome should it be necessary. Indeed, should Parliament continue to fail to agree on a Deal, then No Deal is the default legal position. 

A great deal of work has already taken place to prepare for a no deal Brexit and it would be wrong to present this as some sort of cliff edge we are not prepared for. Only recently Sir Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, said that “we have got the government in pretty good shape and public services in pretty good shape for no deal”. The new Prime Minister has also announced that he is instructing Whitehall to ramp up no deal preparations.        

What we need right now, above all, is the political will and courage from both sides of the channel to return to the table and seek a more agreeable deal. Otherwise we must reserve the right to walk away from the table. Taking away the option of leaving without a deal would greatly undermine our ability to drive a hard bargain with our European counterparts.