ARCH-Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt has defied Theresa May and demanded she starts no deal talks with the EU 27.
The International Development Secretary said the UK should demand a stand-alone transition period from Brussels. This would allow no deal to take place without causing a devastating impact on the economy. A “managed glide path” of up to two years will mean any future relationship with Brussels will be okay for business, she argued.
Ms Mordaunt stated her demands ahead of an explosive Cabinet meeting over the need for a Plan B.
She said at the annual Ronald Reagan Lecture: “What do people mean by no deal? Do they mean no trade deal agreed?
“Or do they mean no arrangement in place for us continuing to operate as we have been at the borders?
“The chief concern businesses have in my constituency about no deal would be the absence of a smooth and managed glide path to future trading relationships.
“It’s in our interest, and the interest of every member state of the EU, that we have a smooth transition and that is what we should be focusing on in the immediate future.”