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By On May 29, 2018

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 “incompetent and weak” over her lack of hardball planning for a “no deal” Brexit.

Jacob Rees Mogg hit out after bungling civil servants admitted preparations for what would happen if talks collapsed has been “virtually non-existent” in Whitehall.

Theresa May has come under fire for failing to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit

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 “cliff-edge” 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: “Our ability to deliver a ‘no deal’ outcome recedes with every week that passes.”

But the gleeful public concession has infuriated senior Tories, who say Whitehall feet-dragging has hurt Britain’s hand in the tense talks with the EU.

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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: “Planning for no deal ought to be an essential part of the negotiations strategy.

“To show we could easily walk away would worry the EU, strengthening our position and failing to do so would be both incompetent and weak.”

And another Tory MP who serves as a government aide said they had been left “deeply unimpressed” by the attitude of the civil service.

Last year Philip Hammond announced £3 billion of funds in his Autumn Budget to prepare for “every possible outcome” of Brexit.

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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 “very, very bad”.

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 “rule taker.”

THE lack of adequate planning for a “No Deal” 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 aren’t 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 Continent’s businesses will be livid if trading with the world’s sixth largest economy becomes more difficult.

Yet if EU negotiators don’t take us seriously because we haven’t 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 we’ll 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. They’ve set up roadblock after roadblock in the hope we’ll 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 won’t get the money they desperately need unless they play ball with Britain. It’s the only way we’ll focus minds across Europe.

Without a plan, we’re only planning to fail.

There has been ‘no significant progress’ on Brexit since March says EU’s chief negotiator Ekaterina Zakhari evaSource: Google News

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