United Kingdom may not get Brexit deal says trade secretary Liam Fox

Lloyd Doyle
November 11, 2018

Mr Johnson said his role as transport minister had caused him concern about the impact of a no-deal outcome.

He offered a scathing critique of the Prime Minister's Brexit plan as he announced his exit, and suggested that others could be deciding whether to take a similar stand.

Other pro-EU ministers who might be galvanised into following Mr Johnson's departure include Liam Fox, Philip Hammond and Chris Grayling, who all voted to remain in the European Union in 2016.

The MP, who is Boris Johnson's brother, said the United Kingdom was "barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU".

The country would then be able to negotiate with Brussels as a "third country" for two years, making it easier to agree on a new free trade deal and avoid having to pay the full 38 billion pounds ($49 billion) divorce bill.

The Conservative MP added that it would be a "democratic travesty" if the public did not get to have their say once again.

"And thank God Jo has come out today with a bit of sanity".

"Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo", he said.

His older brother Boris resigned in July to protest May's Brexit plan - but Boris did so as a staunch support of a hard-line Brexit, while Jo Johnson backed the "remain" side during the June, 2016 referendum.

"Theresa May is in office, but not in power".

"It is a sad loss for Government, but Brexit is above party politics".

"In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that were shown to be undeliverable - no one can dispute that", Johnson said, pointing to the vision of a low-tax, pro-business, Singapore-style economy on the edge of Europe.

Calling for a second referendum to be held on Brexit, Mr Johnson denounced the choice between Mrs May's deal plans or a no-deal scenario as a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis" that had left Britain facing "vassalage" or "chaos".

Walker said the European Union and Britain both needed to show flexibility and imagination.

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