BREXITEER Esther McVey called on the Prime Minister to "immediately go back to Brussels" and negotiate a new Brexit deal or prepare to come out of the European Union without an agreement and a cheaper and renegotiated implementation period.
Speaking to Sky's Sophy Ridge, the former Work and Pensions Secretary claimed Theresa May's Brexit deal will fail in the House of Commons on Tuesday because of its backstop provision and the £39 billion agreed to be paid to the EU as the UK officially leaves the Brussels bloc in March 2019. Ms McVey argued the Prime Minister should delay the Parliamentary meaningful vote on the deal and go back to Brussels to negotiate a "better deal" that will see the two crucial issues scrapped from the agreement. In the event the European Union refused to compromise on any further UK demand, Ms McVey argued the Prime Minister should be fully behind the option of a no-deal scenario.
She claimed that even in a no-deal outcome the UK could pay for a short implementation period to negotiate a future free trade agreement.
After she reiterated "no deal is better than a bad deal" and warned of a second "project fear" over a no-deal Brexit, Ms McVey said: “I’ve heard the Project Fear story and this is yet more.
“Of course we can succeed and of course we want to make sure that it is a managed process.
“So if there is no deal we would have as we’ve got now an implementation period by which we would work together.
“We could even say here’s half the money upfront and then half the money when we’ve got a trade deal.
“You could arrange to have one because you pay for the implementation period about £10 billion.
“If you’ve got an implementation for a deal you would negotiate to have an implementation for no deal.