Chris Heaton-Harris MP: Cabinet meeting will 'mitigate all risk' of a no-deal Brexit


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Brexit minister Chris Heaton-Harris, has said today's three-hour cabinet meeting will "mitigate all risk" of a no-deal Brexit

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, Brexit minister and MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, said the purpose of the meeting was to come up with a contingency plan which will "mitigate all risk" if the UK leaves the EU without a formal deal.

"There's been a huge amount of work going on, helping to put together what would happen in a no-deal. This is the culmination of all that work," he said.

"It's what you'd expect a responsible government to do, to plan for every and any eventuality, and to mitigate all risk. That's what this Cabinet meeting is about."

Following the meeting, technical Brexit papers including plans on mobile phone roaming charges and the impact of a no-deal scenario on standards relating to the environment and vehicles, are expected to be published.

Despite the preparations for a no-deal scenario, Heaton-Harris said he believes a deal with the EU is getting "closer and closer by the day".

He said: "All the vibes I pick up and conversations I've been having with people I used to work with in the European Parliament, everything seems to have moved a gear in the last two or three months since Chequers. I think we're in good territory for having a deal.

"My boss, Dom Raab, goes out to Brussels every week to have face to face negotiations with Michel Barnier, his interlocuter, over there.

"Dom has spent a huge amount of time in the negotiation room eyeball to eyeball with Michel. Actually, I think they get on really well. They've got a half-decent personal understanding and friendship and that's really important in any sort of negotiation."