David Davis has said he backs a no-deal Brexit as it would be “better than remaining in the Union” after Dominic Raab announced the UK’s preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.
The former Brexit Secretary resigned from his position after rejecting Theresa May’s Chequers proposal, as he thought it “didn’t mean the requirements of the referendum” vote.
Davis’ successor Dominic Raab was outlining the plans the UK had in place in case of a no deal Brexit on Thursday. Raab talked through the first 25 of 84 technical notices that have been drawn up to advise industries how to minimise the effects of a no deal.
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The other notices are set to be published in due course, with Raab confirming they’ll all be revealed by the end of September.
Joining Ann Widdecombe on talkRADIO, Davis talked about the potential of a no deal Brexit occurring.
'Any of the exit scenarios will be better than staying in the EU'
“I think what I would say that any of the exit scenarios will be better than staying in the EU” he said.
“Take the No deal scenario which is one we’re talking about today in the event that that happens there will be some hiccups in the first few months after that happens.
“I’m not one of the utopians who say; ‘oh, there’s nothing to worry about at all’, there will be things we have to deal with, and in the long run because we’re completely unfettered in what we can do - we can choose our own regulations - it means we can make them more effective.
“We can fix our own trade deals with the rest of the world, reinforcing what is already happening and that our trade with the rest of the world is growing much faster than with Europe. 20 years ago it was 60/40 Europe and the rest of the world, but now it’s the other way round, the majority of our trade is going to the rest of the world.
'Chequers will not meet the requirements of the referendum'
Theresa May has been spending the summer recess visiting European leaders to sell her Chequers plan to them. Davis reiterated how the Chequers deal will “not meet the undertakings we gave the people” and that he couldn’t be the man to present the proposals.
“Under any circumstances we are going to be better off outside the union, but I do still think the proposal from Chequers - which I argued against very firmly on the day - will not meet the undertakings we gave the people. As the man who had to present that, that’s the reason I couldn’t stay.
“The reason I’ve resigned was I didn’t think the Chequers plan actually met the requirements of the referendum or indeed our manifesto or indeed some of the Prime Minister’s undertakings and speeches.
“It [Chequers] means it commits us to a common rulebook, it means that our industries are going to have to accept the regulations laid down by Brussels in which we will have no say.”