Justice Secretary Robert Buckland says there is still time to avoid the “chaos” of a no-deal Brexit despite Boris Johnson calling no deal preparations “the top priority”.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer he insisted Britain can still avoid a “crash-out” Brexit.
“I think that we can avoid chaos by making preparations," he said.
"I want to see a deal, so does the Prime Minister. I want to see the Europeans conduct that negotiation. There is still time left to do that but they need to come to the table as well.”
“What I’ve always set my heart against is a crash-out and I believe that the work we’re doing now will avoid that chaos and provide an orderly Brexit on October 31.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Johnson remains “very clear in his determination to want to get a deal” and that he will phone EU leaders in the coming days.
He may also meet some leaders face-to-face ahead of the G7 summit at the end of August.
Mr Buckland stood by previous comments a no-deal Brexit would be “chaos”, and said the choice is now between “an orderly Brexit and a disorderly Brexit”.
He also dismissed a proposal from former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas for an all-woman emergency Cabinet to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
“August is often described as the silly season and I think that story really epitomises the silliness of the season we’re in,” he said.