That’s the fear of Chancellor Philip Hammond who said Britain will lose its say over what happens at the borders if no deal becomes a reality. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has provided £4.2billion for no deal Brexit preparations. But he believes no sum of money will fully prepare Britain for an exit scenario without an agreement in place.
A no deal Brexit, he said, would see the UK losing control of what happens outside of its borders, with Britain no longer able to have a say regarding what happens, for example, in France’s Calais.
Asked if the UK can control Brexit, he told BBC Panorama: “We can’t because many of the levers are held by others – the EU 27 or private business.
“We can seek to persuade them but we can’t control it.
“For example, we can make sure that goods flow inwards through the port of Dover without any friction but we can’t control the outward flow into the port of Calais.
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“The French can dial that up or dial it down, just the same as the Spanish for years have dialled up or dialled down the length of the queues at the border going into Gibraltar.”
French officials have said last October they will ensure “fluidity” of trade even in a no deal scenario – rejecting suggestion they could resort to a “go-slow” policy to avoid chaos and queues between Dover and Calais.
Tory leadership hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have both pledged to leave a no deal Brexit on the table and leave the EU on October 31 if unable to strike a new deal with Brussels.
But the European Council’s proposed candidate for President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has already suggested the withdrawal agreement signed by Theresa May and the EU in November last year won’t be reopened by the EU27.
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3.35pm update: Tory MP quits in protest of the direction the Conservative Party has taken
Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb announced he won’t stand for reselection as Tory candidate in the next general election as he is deeply unhappy with the direction his party has taken.
Mr Bebb lashed out at his party and Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson.
The Welsh MP said the Conservative Party was “appealing to the type of nationalism that has seen UKIP grow in the past, and the Brexit Party now”.
And he branded “disastrous” a Johnson premiership.
Mr Bebb, who has been a member of Plaid Cymru, also said he has no intention of rejoining his former party, as it “hasn’t changed that much” since he left.
He told the BBC: “I don’t believe in some of their economic principles. I consider myself Welsh, I can be completely comfortable with being part of an Union in Britain and the European Union.
“What’s not possible for someone like me is to believe in the type of English nationalism that we are now seeing within the Conservative Party.
“I don’t believe in nationalism at its worst in any context and certainly the nationalism I see in the Conservative Party currently concerns me.”
2.45pm update: Emily Thornberry lashes out at Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ policy
Emily Thornberry was one of the guests of honour at today’s People’s Vote rally in Uxbridge – a constituency represented in Parliament by Boris Johnson.
The Labour frontbencher attacked Mr Johnson’s so-called “do or die” Brexit policy from the stage, saying: “We’ve heard Boris Johnson discussing his ‘do or die’ Brexit policy.
“I’m sorry Mr Johnson, but if you’re discussing options where our country will die, then that should not just be a decision for you.”
Emily Thornberry attended a People’s Vote rally in Uxbridge today
2.20pm update: A no deal Brexit would be ‘disastrous’, Scotland warns amid fears for medicine supplies
The supply of all medicines cannot be guaranteed in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Scotland’s Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell has said.
Mr Russell told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme: “A no deal would result in substantial increases in unemployment very quickly, it would result in businesses closing down, it would result in problems with the food chain, it would result in problems with the supply of essential medicines, all those things are really, really difficult and the further you are down the supply routes, and Scotland of course is at the end of many supply routes, the worse it would be.”
He said the Scottish Government is working with the UK Government to ensure preparations are finalised for October – adding it is very difficult to guarantee everything.
Asked whether he could guarantee that all medicines that people in Scotland use will be available after a no deal, he said: “You can’t absolutely guarantee that, no, we made arrangements with the UK Government in March we felt would last for three to six months, which meant that most things were available and there were substitutes.
“One of the biggest jobs undertaken was to find substitutes for things that wouldn’t be available and that was a massive job, it was undertaken by both governments and it was by and large successful, we were confident then.
“That work has still to be finalised because it has changed, for example the availability of warehousing has changed, the drug companies themselves are very, very reluctant to be involved in the deep way they were before, they will in the end I think do so, but all companies involved in stockpiling took big losses in March.”
Scotland warned a no deal Brexit could be ‘disastrous’
2pm update: Express.co.uk poll results – Theresa May to blame for Brexit chaos
Three years since her entry into Downing Street, Theresa May topped the poll “by a landslide” – although she wasn’t the only politician criticised by thousands of voters.
The outgoing Prime Minister has been held up as the person to blame for the chaos that has unravelled since she took office on July 13 2016 by almost 10,000 people taking part in a survey. Express.co.uk asked its readers yesterday who is guilty of dragging the country into current Brexit turmoil.
The poll, asking ‘Who is to blame for the Brexit mess’ and carried out between July 13 at 5pm to July 14 at 11am, saw a total of 15,271 people voting.
Mrs May topped the poll gathering 9,257 votes – 61 percent of the preferences.
Express poll results overwhelmingly condemns one person for the Brexit chaos
1.30pm update: Amber Rudd now accepts a no deal exit scenario as a ‘leverage’ in Brexit talks
Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said she now accepts the option of a no-deal Brexit has to be part of the “leverage” in negotiations with the EU.
Ms Rudd has been a strong opposer to a no deal Brexit in the past months.
But she has now come to terms to the fact it is necessary to keep that option on the negotiating table, she said.
Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, she said: “I have accepted that we now need to allow no-deal to be part of the leverage to make sure that people compromise more.
“I would hope that the EU will compromise and that the ERG will compromise too.”
Ms Rudd said she was still concerned about the economic impact of no-deal, but added: “I am no longer saying that I will lie down in front of the bulldozers if it arrives.”
Amber Rudd now accepts the use of a no-deal Brexit as a ‘leverage’ in Brexit talks
12.45pm update: Gina Miller brands Boris Johnson ‘dictator’ over Brexit no deal plan
Gina Miller has accused Boris Johnson of being ready to “abandon parliamentary sovereignty” and reduce the UK to a “dictatorship” as she gets ready to launch a legal action to prevent him from proroguing Parliament.
The businesswoman publicly warned Mr Johnson against proroguing Parliament if he becomes Prime Minister after her legal team sent a letter before action to the Tory leadership candidate.
She said: “It should be deeply worrying to every UK citizen that, at this critical moment in the political and economic life of our nation, Boris Johnson, likely to be our Prime Minister in less than two weeks’ time, appears willing to abandon our parliamentary sovereignty by refusing to rule out proroguing Parliament to get a No Deal Brexit passed.
“Such contempt for parliamentary sovereignty, a key pillar of our constitution and democratic traditions, would effectively reduce us to a dictatorship.”
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Gina Miller told Boris Johnson that proroguing Parliament would reduce the UK to a ‘dictatorship’
12pm update: Labour’s Brexit policy makes Brexit Party the party of the people – Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage said his Brexit Party will take Labour’s traditional northern seats due to Jeremy Corbyn’s support for a second Brexit referendum.
Mr Farage branded the decision of the Labour Party to support Remain if the Government calls for a second referendum a “golden opportunity” for him to claim some of the party’s strongholds in north England.
He told the Sunday Express: “Now the Brexit Party is the true party of the people.
“We are the only party committed to giving 17.4 million Leave voters what they voted for more than three years ago – a clean-break Brexit.”
Nigel Farage said the Brexit Party is the ‘party of the people’
11.02am update: Priti Patel is ‘not surprised’ at legal action threat
Priti Patel, the former international development secretary who is backing Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race, said she wasn’t “at all surprised” by possible legal actions against a possible no deal Brexit.
She told Sky News: “It’s now down to MPs and a new Government to actually take action, not for third parties by going through the courts.
“I think that’s exactly how it should have been previously as well, after 2016.
“After the referendum, the Government was very clear back then that Brexit meant Brexit and that we were going to leave the EU.
“Instead we had a range of third-party anti-Brexit organisations and positions that chose to go to the court to derail basically the whole Brexit delivery and also to tie the hands of politicians, the Government and Parliament.
“That is simply not acceptable and quite frankly the British public are sick to death of this, they want to see a government now, with renewed conviction, get out there and do exactly what it said it will do, which is now to deliver Brexit.
“This should not be about the semantics of Parliament or just votes in Parliament or proroguing Parliament. We now have to get behind a new Government.”
10.30am update: Gina Miller confronted on new anti-Brexit plot
Gina Miller recently wrote a letter to Boris Johnson which asked him to provide notice, should he become Prime Minister, if he plans to suspend Parliament and push through a no deal Brexit.
The businesswoman was confronted by Sky News presenter Niall Paterson over the letter, and questioned on whether it is another attempt to “thwart” Brexit.
Standing in for Sophy Ridge, Mr Paterson read out the letter to Mr Johnson from Ms Miller’s lawyers: “’We request that you undertake not to advise Her Majesty the Queen, should you become Prime Minister, to prorogue Parliament, without first providing 7 days’ notice to our client’.