Fresh from urging Theresa May to send a new, “political” team back to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal, Iain Duncan Smith has said that the EU might be willing to discuss a new arrangement, providing the UK is "serious" about leaving without a deal if one can’t be reached.
“I think the EU is suddenly blinking at the idea the UK might leave without a deal, that then puts them into a different position that they are prepared to negotiate,” he told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Mr Duncan Smith has called for “daily political leadership and reporting back” from the Prime Minister as a Brexit ‘Plan B’ is worked out.
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“How important is it that we look serious about no deal?” asked Hartley-Brewer.
“You have to be serious about leaving without the arrangement. There isn’t a ‘no deal’ - the EU is already now making preparations to ensure that if we left without this deal there would still be arrangements,” he replied. “We’d have to sort out flights, safety certificates…
“Although we leave on March 29, there would be a period where we sort out other arrangements.
“People talk about crashing out, but it’s not that at all, it will be managed.”
Dyson criticisms 'clutching at straws'
He also defended the manufacturer Dyson’s decision to move its head office from Malmesbury, Wiltshire, to Singapore, which was widely criticised and ridiculed online after the company - whose founder James Dyson is a Brexiteer - insisted it was nothing to do with Brexit.
Chief executive Jim Rowan said: “It's to make us future-proof for where we see the biggest opportunities.
“We have seen an acceleration of opportunities to grow the company from a revenue perspective in Asia. We have always had a revenue stream there and will be putting up our best efforts as well as keeping an eye on investments.”
“That’s been in the pipeline as I understand for some time,” said Mr Duncan Smith.
“I’m pretty sure that was announced a few months ago. It’s nothing to do with Brexit.
“Clutching at straws is really an understatement about their [Remainers’] ridiculous behaviour every time an announcement is made.”