“It will not work and Theresa May knows it” – Hywel Williams
Hywel Williams MP has today called on the British Government to stop playing games with people’s livelihoods and categorically rule out a “no deal” scenario once and for all.
The British Government plans to publish 70 technical notes over the summer which will detail the effect of a “no deal” Brexit on the British State and will set out plans to mitigate those effects.
It has been reported that the army was being put on standby to help deliver food, medicines and fuels if there are shortages in the wake of a "no deal" Brexit. The news came following a visit by the Foreign Secretary to Germany during which he threatened EU negotiators with a Brexit no deal.
A “no deal” in fact would require some level of deal being agreed under World Trade Organisation rules. In leaving the EU, the UK will have to separate its tariff rate quotas from the EU, and its new schedules would be subject to approval by all WTO members. New Zealand has already opposed the EU and UK’s proposal to split tariff rate quotas.
Plaid Cymru MP, Hywel Williams said:
“The no deal scenario is a crazy non-starter and the Prime Minister knows it.
“She’s trying to use the threat of a “no deal” to manipulate EU negotiators. In fact all she is doing is adding fuel to the Brexiteers’ fire. The right-wing European Research Group think “no deal” is a realistic option. If Mrs May ramps this up the ERG will be even more obsessed with voting against the withdrawal agreement in autumn – just to get their way.
“The British Government spin a “no deal” as if it was a straight forward step. In fact it would also require some level of deal being agreed under World Trade Organisation rules. New Zealand has already opposed the EU and UK’s proposal to split tariff rate quotas under those terms. And even if a deal were reached, trading under WTO terms would cost households £1,000 a year and would wipe £5 billion off the Welsh economy.
“Labour’s indecisive Brexit policy is helping the British Government’s agenda along. Jeremy Corbyn refuses to hold the Tories to account - because on Brexit he agrees with them! So the Cabinet is freewheeling towards a disastrously damaging Brexit with tens of thousands of industrial workers and farmers paying the price.
“It is time for the Prime Minister to come clean and take “no deal” off the table. It has and never will be a viable option.
“The only sensible and pragmatic solution is to stay in the single market and customs union.”