- Theresa May admitted her government might get “no deal” from the EU in the Brexit talks.
- She said her government is preparing contingency plans in case there is “no deal,” which economists regard as the worst-case scenario in Brexit.
- But May added that her main focus was on getting the best deal for the UK.
- Her statement on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show was a rare admission from the prime minister that Brexit might go badly.
LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC this morning that her government is drawing up plans in case there is “no deal” post-Brexit when the Article 50 negotiating period comes to an end in March 2019.
It was a rare, specific statement indicating that the prime minister believes “no deal” is a real possibility, and that government departments are already working on contingency plans for a hard Brexit in which the UK crashes out of the EU with no trading agreements, no access to the Single Market, no membership of the customs union, and no formal relationship with Europe at all.
Economists regard “no deal” as the very worst case scenario for Britain, although hardcore Leave supporters welcome it.
What will you do if there is no deal? May was asked by Andrew Marr on his politics show this morning.
May replied, “We are recognising …. government is working on what it would need to put in place if there was no deal, what we’re also working on is ensuring we get a deal, that we get the right deal, for the United Kingdom”
Marr pressed her to describe what happens “on day 2” after “no deal”?
She replied, “That’s why government departments are looking to see what changes are needed, what we need to put in place. It’s not just government departments doing that.”
She then added, using the term “no deal”:
“The EU withdrawal bill and other legislation that we will bring through in the wake of that will be setting the scene for yes us having a deal but also the possibility of a ‘no deal.'”
Marr then asked her if she would resign if she failed to get a deal.
“I am working to get a deal, Andrew. That’s what the whole focus of government is. So let’s put our efforts into that.”
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