'I don't buy that!' British MEP ridicules claim UK would be damaged by Brexit 'no deal'

  • United Kingdom
  • 30/10/2017
'I don't buy that!' British MEP ridicules claim UK would be damaged by Brexit 'no deal'
The Prime Minister has said that the UK is willing to walk away from the EU without a deal, but is trying to reach an agreement in Brexit talks. A number of Brexit supporting MPs have written to the Prime Minister to urge her to be willing to walk away from a bad Brexit deal. Speaking on BBC's Sunday Politics, Ukip MEP Jim Carver said he didnt agree with the claim that the British economy could be negatively impacted by a no deal scenario. He said: I dont buy that and I will tell you why I dont buy that as an MEP, what I am hearing in the European Parliament, with MEPs, people in the Commission, European officials, and I would say [to them] have you really considered the effect of a no deal.

We have got this huge trade deficit with the European Union and actually the elephant in the room hasnt even been discussed yet, That is the fact that when we lace the European Union in 2019 what you will find is that when we go to WTO, if we dont have a deal and nobody has discussed this at Westminster at all, 80per centof the tariffs that could be discussed under WTO rules will have to be paid by those member states, directly to the commission. So it is actually in the Commissions interests to go away and have no deal. Theresa May has reiterated the no deal is better than a bad deal but said the UK would seek to try to negotiate an agreement with the Brussels club.

Both the European Union andUKhave said they are preparing for a no dealscenario,if an agreement is not reached. Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, last week urged the Government to commit at least 1billion to invest in upgrading border systems and infrastructure in the event of a no-deal Brexit. He told the BBC: You need to be ready on day one, prepared for every eventuality, deal or no deal. That is why I have been calling on the Treasury to earmark 1billion or more in the current budget that is coming up in November to make sure that whatever happens, we are ready.

There are three key reasons. The first is, you get house insurance before you get burgled. Its just good practice to make sure that you are prepared for every eventuality, in case there is a problem at the last moment. Secondly, you will get a better deal if the other side knows you can walk away from the table. We have got a customs system which is ancient and creaking and needs to be improved, we could do with cutting-edge digital border systems. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, gave the Commission the green-light to begin preparations to discuss a trade deal between the UK and EU, which should begin in December.
  
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