Stephen Crabb: No-Deal Brexit Not Plan A or Plan B

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A Welsh MP has stated that a no-deal Brexit is not the plan A and should not be plan B either of the government of the United Kingdom.

Negotiations have resumed in Brussels between the officials of the UK and the EU amid the increasing speculation that the UK would leave the EU without a deal in March next year.

However, a member of the Commons Brexit select committee, Stephen Crabb, stated that a no-deal Brexit should be avoided “at all costs.”

His comments arose after Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary, claimed that the UK would still prosper even without a deal.

In an interview with the Sunday Supplement programme of BBC Radio Wales, the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP stated: “Let’s be clear, this is not the outcome we would want.”

He added: “It is the outcome that would have the biggest negative impact on us in the UK and particularly us in Wales.”

Crabb continued: “I think there will be an enormous political cost to the scenario. In fact, it would represent a failed Brexit. It would be a failure of the Brexit process both for ourselves and the EU.”

Meanwhile, Vaughan Gething, a Welsh Labour leadership candidate, has expressed his support of a people’s vote regarding the final Brexit deal.

On Friday, Gething wrote for the Independent saying: “People voted to instruct the UK government to negotiate a deal on Brexit and they should be getting on with that – but they should also know that we, the people, expect to have the vote on the final deal.”

He added: “I know there will be voices screaming in Wales that I am betraying the decision of the Welsh people to leave in 2016.

He concluded: “I am backing the final vote on the Brexit deal not because I think it is the most popular option, but because I think it is right that something this important, that will affect generations for generations, is ultimately a decision for the people as a whole.”

This Thursday, the government of the UK is scheduled to publish the first in a series of technical notices thatare designed to prepare the country for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

The said notices will include advice for citizens, public bodies, and businesses.

Crabb is a former Welsh secretary and he is also one of those who voted to remain in the EU. He stated: “It’s [a no-deal] not the government’s plan A, it shouldn’t even be plan B, and an awful lot of work is going on in the negotiations to avoid that scenario.,”

He added: “We’re focused on getting a good deal and in my view, the plan that was agreed at Chequers by the prime minister is one that seeks to charter a pragmatic course through the middle of this very difficult and complicated debate, represents the right approach.”

He continued: “In my view, it gives us the best chance of meeting the objectives that were set out in the referendum campaign by the Leave campaign themselves but also gives us the best chance of protecting our international trade position and protecting our jobs.”

He urger his fellow Conservative MPs to support the Chequers plan of Prime Minister Theresa May to push the deal through.

Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, said that securing a deal was still “the most likely outcome.” However, he added that making alternative arrangements was the “responsible” thing to do.

Caroline Jones, the UKIP’s South Wales West AM, described the Chequers plan of the  UK government as a “mess” and called on Theresa May to “get on” with Brexit.