Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has said that he, along with other MPs, will not allow a “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit to happen, as Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal is set to be voted on, on Tuesday afternoon.
The MP for Beaconsfield told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “The Prime Minister did not consult me about the 2017 manifesto and if she should have asked me about putting in ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ – I would have told her that it was a very foolish thing to say because it is simply untrue.
“No deal is catastrophic and that is why I and many other MPs will not allow such a thing to happen.
“The sensible thing in the circumstances is to go back and ask people what they want.”
'Well-being of the country'
Mr Grieve added that no-deal Brexit “does not satisfy” the UK’s “economic needs”.
He said: “No deal was certainly not what was being discussed in the referendum but I seem to remember Boris Johnson and many others all explaining that we would be leaving with a very satisfactory deal, which would satisfy all our economic needs whilst removing us from the control of the EU.
“A no-deal Brexit does not satisfy our economic requirements and there is hardly a member of the ERG who takes that view.
“They all take the view that a no-deal Brexit has downsides. I think the downsides are incredibly serious.
“As a parliamentarian with a responsibility for the well-being of the country I would not be prepared to see that happen.”