Iain Duncan Smith on Brexit: 'I'd rather have a deal'

Iain Duncan Smith

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has revealed he wants the UK to leave the EU with a deal.

Appearing on the breakfast show, the politician said he would "rather have a deal" than face a no-deal Brexit.

However, the MP for Chingford and Woodford Green told Julia Hartley-Brewer he did not think the deal currently on the table would work "for anybody", and criticised the government for not engaging in a "proper negotiation" with EU officials.

"The EU believes it got everything it wanted, it has no reason to reopen things beacuse it got everything," he said. "The key point is we've never really engaged and had a proper negotiation.



"The arrangement in front of us doesn't work for pretty much anybody, but if this is voted down the government has to go back and say look - we can't get this through, you have to make changes to that otherwise the thing you don't want to happen is that we leave without a Withdrawal Agreement."

Yesterday an amendment - dubbed the Grieve amendment after it was tabled by Dominic Grieve - was backed by MPs, which means if Theresa May's deal is voted down in next week's meaningful vote, she will have to return with a new plan within three sitting days.

"The reality for me is that the Prime Minister will have to go back anyway and negotiate with them," Mr Smith added.

"So this three-day demand, all she would do is say 'You know I'm negotiationg with them and planning to get some sort of arrangement', and there's absolutely nothing the House of Commons can do about it."