Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Hammond admits govt hasn’t discussed Brexit outcome – Vince Cable response

by Steve Beasant on 6 December, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has seized on a confession from Philip Hammond that the cabinet has not even discussed what kind of Brexit deal it wants.

Vince Cable said:

“First it emerged the government hasn’t undertaken any proper impact assessments on the effects of Brexit.

“Now we learn it hasn’t even discussed the kind of Brexit it wants, 18 months after the referendum. Is this because ministers know they will not be able to agree? Ministers are behaving like a couple no longer on speaking terms but forced to live under the same roof.

“If the government wants talks do go through to the next phase, it must agree a negotiating position. It is time Theresa May showed leadership and told her cabinet that it is essential that Britain remains in the single market and customs union.

“It is now clear that the Conservative Brexit cabinet is split down the middle. Philip Hammond says we will have to pay the £50bn divorce settlement regardless of whether we land a trade deal, but I suspect the Brexiteers in the cabinet will have something fairly colourful to say about that. The most acrimonious divorce of all could be about to take place within the cabinet.”

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