Brexit: Britain shouldn't be 'terrified' of no-deal scenario, says former Cabinet minister

Brexit: Britain shouldn't be 'terrified' of no-deal scenario, says former Cabinet minister

Owen Paterson was speaking to BBC Radio 4 about the ongoing negotiations

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A former cabinet minister has said the UK shouldn’t be “terrified” of leaving the EU without a deal.

Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary and a senior Brexiteer, made the comments in an interview on BBC Radio 4.

He told the broadcaster a no-deal scenario was “inevitable at the moment” because the EU are refusing to progress to the crux of negotiations with Britain, due to what he called a “complete obsession with money.”

The MP for North Shropshire insisted Britain shouldn't fear trading on terms set by the World Trade Organisation, and dismissed the idea it could result in delays for customs or increased prices.

Paterson called for the possibility to be made clear now, to allow for business to be given time to prepare.  

The comments have been rebuked by a pro-EU current cabinet minister Nicky Morgan, who dismissed the idea of a no-deal situation being inevitable, saying this was sought by hard Brexiteers. 

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