Iain Duncan Smith: The government think they can 'fudge their way through' Brexit

Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith leaves Downing Street. Image: Getty

Friday, December 14, 2018

A former Conservative Party leader has accused the government of being too "vague" during Brexit negotiations, adding that they needed to be clearer on what they wanted from the deal.

Appearing on the breakfast show, Iain Duncan Smith claimed Theresa May had tried to "muddle" her way through talks with the EU.

"The real issue here is from the beginning we have not been clear about what we want and this £39 billion which we agreed to pay, that needs to be taken off the table," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"From the word go there has been vagueness from the UK government in the hope that somehow they can muddle this through."



The politician claimed the controversial backstop clause - which caused Ms May to defer a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal - was a "political tool", and offered up a "wholly achievable" alternative solution.

"A simple and clear open borders policy which can be used as a protocol, so that went in place of the existing backstop which is a political tool to bind the UK in. The open borders policy is wholly achievable right now," he said.

"The government just simply thinks this is some kind of process they can fudge their way through, and I don't think they can."