John Redwood on Donald Tusk: ‘I don’t think he had me in mind - I set out a very clear plan'

John Redwood on Donald Tusk: ‘I don’t think he had me in mind - I set out a very clear plan'

Conservative MP John Redwood says he set out a 'clear plan' before the referendum.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sir John Redwood, a member of pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave, has said that the President of the European Council Donald Tusk did not have him “in mind” because the MP has always had a plan for leaving the EU.

Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday, he said: "I have been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it."

The Conservative MP for Wokingham told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I don’t think Mr Tusk had me in mind because he said the kind of Brexiteers he was criticising were those who never had a plan on how to do it.



“I have always had a plan on how to do it. I set out a very clear plan before the referendum and my plan now is that we should table a comprehensive free-trade agreement, leave automatically on March 29 in accordance with the law we have now past.

“If the EU would then just say that they would discuss a free-trade agreement and we do not need to implement any barriers on the trade with the EU for ten years under world trade rules to finalise that free-trade agreement.

“That would be the perfect outcome for moderate Remain voters as well as for all Leave voters because we would be completely out.”


'A boost to our public services' 

Mr Redwood added that his proposal would allow the UK to “enact our own laws”.

“We could spend our own money and enact our own laws but we would not need to rearrange our trade arrangements pending an agreement on a free-trade agreement,” he said.

“I think the government has now accepted that if we leave on March 29, they should have an early budget in April to spend the money we will be saving. That could be a boost to our public services and tax cuts.”



He added that it was clear that the EU did not want to negotiate with the UK any further.

“They say that we have had our negotiations and it is ‘take it or leave it,’” he said.

“We either take the withdrawal agreement or you leave without the agreement. Most Brexiteers say that they would much rather leave without an agreement because the agreement means binding us back into the EU.”