Theresa May blasted by Jacob Rees-Mogg for failing to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit
By Harry Cole, Westminster Correspondent28th May 2018, 7:20 pmUpdated: 29th May 2018, 9:15 am
THERESA MAY was warned she looks âincompetent and weakâ over her lack of hardball planning for a âno dealâ Brexit.
Jacob Rees Mogg hit out after bungling civil servants admitted preparations for what would happen if talks collapsed has been âvirtually non-existentâ in Whitehall.
Smug mandarins have boasted that the Prime Minister will not be able to walk away from the Brexit negotiating table as the country is not ready for a âcliff-edgeâ exit.
Despite deadlock between warring Cabinet factions, and talks with Brussels at a near standstill, Whitehall chiefs believe Britain will have to be forced to suck up a bad deal.
One told the Financial Times: âOur ability to deliver a âno dealâ outcome recedes with every week that passes.â
But the gleeful public concession has infuriated senior Tories, who say Whitehall feet-dragging has hurt Britainâs hand in the tense talks with the EU.Jacob Rees Mogg slams customs partnership as ruining Brexit altogether
BRITAIN will enter "realms of gold" after Brexit when we can trade freely with the rest of the world, Boris Johnson said today.
The Foreign Secretary - who has just returned from a trip to South America - said quitting the EU will allow us to build stronger links with other countries.
And he said our EU membership had weakened ties with countries such as Argentina, Chile and Peru.
Boris wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "Now is our moment not to be less European - we can do a great free trade deal with the EU that will benefit both sides - but to be truly global again.
"Now is the time to create deals with these dynamic countries."
He added: "For Latin America and for Britain there are realms of gold on either side of the Atlantic. All we need now is to rediscover that global spirit."
Mr Rees Mogg, who heads up a powerful bloc of Brexiteers, hit out: âPlanning for no deal ought to be an essential part of the negotiations strategy.
âTo show we could easily walk away would worry the EU, strengthening our position and failing to do so would be both incompetent and weak.â
And another Tory MP who serves as a government aide said they had been left âdeeply unimpressedâ by the attitude of the civil service.
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But critics say half of this cash will not be available until next 2019 - when Britain is due to leave .
It comes as a fresh rift between Mr Hammond and the Bank of England opened over how close Britain stays to Brussels after Brexit.
Insiders say relations between the Treasury and Old Lady of Threadneedle Street are âvery, very badâ.
The chancellor is reported to want to keep the City tied as closely as possible to the European rulebook, while the Bank fear the UK will simply become a ârule taker.â
THE lack of adequate planning for a âNo Dealâ Brexit is a scandal.
The best card we have to play in our negotiations with Brussels is that we can walk away if their hardline demands arenât in our interests.
That makes for a very strong hand.
The EU would have a huge hole in its budget without our cash, and the Continentâs businesses will be livid if trading with the worldâs sixth largest economy becomes more difficult.
Yet if EU negotiators donât take us seriously because we havenât got regulators and standards bodies on standby if we do decide to go it alone, Brussels will serve us up nothing but thin gruel.
And weâll have no choice but to meekly surrender.
The Prime Minister must ensure that Whitehall is prepared for Britain to go it alone. That readiness is absolutely vital to securing a genuinely beneficial deal.
We know that Civil Service mandarins want Brexit to fail. Theyâve set up roadblock after roadblock in the hope weâll be forced to cave in and change our minds on the whole exercise.
That cannot be allowed to happen.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is spot on when he says the PM needs to show some iron, and that Brussels wonât get the money they desperately need unless they play ball with Britain. Itâs the only way weâll focus minds across Europe.
Without a plan, weâre only planning to fail.There has been âno significant progressâ on Brexit since March says EUâs chief negotiator Ekaterina Zakhari evaSource: Google News