Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, admitted that her government might get “no deal” post-Brexit when the Article 50 negotiating period ends in March 2019 from the European Union in the Brexit talks. She said that her government is developing contingency plans in case there is “no deal,” which is regarded by economists as the worst-case scenario in Brexit although hardcore Leave supporters welcome it. However, PM May added that her main focus was on receiving the best deal for the United Kingdom. Her statement on the Andrew Marr show on BBC was an unusual confirmation from the prime minister that Brexit might go badly.
It was an unusual, specific statement signifying that PM May believes that a “no deal” is a real probability. She also implied that government departments are working on contingency plans already for a hard Brexit where the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union with no access to the Single Market, no trading agreements, no membership of the customs union, and no formal relationship with Europe at all.
This Morning, PM May was asked by Andrew Marr on his politics show: “What will you do if there is no deal?”
May answered: “We are recognising …. government is working on what it would need to put in place if there was no deal, what we’re also working on is ensuring we get a deal, that we get the right deal, for the United Kingdom.”
Marr urged her to explain what happens “on day 2” after “no deal”?
She answered: “That’s why government departments are looking to see what changes are needed, what we need to put in place. It’s not just government departments doing that.”
She then continued, using the “no deal” term:
“The EU withdrawal bill and other legislation that we will bring through in the wake of that will be setting the scene for yes us having a deal but also the possibility of a ‘no deal.'”
Andrew Marr then asked Theresa May if she would resign from her post as prime minister if she failed to arrange a deal.
“I am working to get a deal, Andrew. That’s what the whole focus of government is. So let’s put our efforts into that.”