Dominic Raab: ‘Britain can do better’ than Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Dominic Raab: ‘Britain can do better’ than Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab speaks to talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer from College Green in Westminster.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said that “Britain can do better” than the Prime Minister’s deal on leaving the European Union.

MPs are set to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit proposals on Tuesday evening.

The MP for Esher and Walton told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think the scale of the defeat will affect what the Prime Minister chooses to do next.

“I am not going to get into the fool’s errand of trying to predict precisely what that would be but I think what MPs should do is look at this deal.

“In my view it is a bad deal because of the £39bn your listeners are handing over. We don’t get a free trade deal with the EU.

“We don’t get control over our laws, our borders and our trade policy. I think we should just play this very straight.

“It is a bad deal for the country and Britain can do better.”

He added: “There is one cardinal rule of British politics is to keep your promises and we all as MPs need to do that today.”


'Playing hard-ball' 

Anti-Brexit protesters in London as MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May's Brexit proposals.

Mr Raab added that preparations for a no-deal Brexit needed to be “accelerated and intensified”.

“The EU are notorious for playing hard-ball and going right up to the wire,” he said.

“I think we should continue to keep the arm of friendship open Keep talking to them, and keep trying to remedy a bad deal.

“But ultimately, in law and primary legislation we leave the EU on March 29. MPs have already passed that legislation and they would have to reverse that legislation and that can only happen now if the Prime Minister supported that reversal and I am sure she won’t

“I think we will leave the EU at the end of March and I think the preparations for leaving on WTO rules need to accelerated and intensified.

“There will be some risk but that risk is manageable. What is not manageable and devastating long-term for this country, economically and democratically, is signing up to the deal before us.”