Ex-Tory leader William Hague reveals ‘biggest problem’ with no deal Brexit – ‘impossible’

Posted on Jul 16 2019 - 4:20am by admin

The former leader of the Conservative Party has questioned the success of Brexit following the divide in Parliament. Mr Hague said a much-needed “national plan” is “impossible” with the current deadlock. His comments come as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt battle in the Tory leadership contest for the next Prime Minister.

Mr Hague wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “This is actually the biggest problem with a no deal Brexit: that it would not be possible, without a new and very different Parliament, to do what was desperately needed afterwards.

“As things stand, this country is too divided, and Westminster too deadlocked, to make a go of it.

“Success would depend on more than just optimism, but having a decisive, determined, and powerful administration, implementing a robust national plan.

“That is impossible today.”

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He went on to say a general election will be needed in November to create a majority in Government.

Mr Hague said: “From that November dawn there would be no point campaigning for a second referendum or clinging to any hope of remaining in the EU after all.

“The debate would indeed have to move on to what constitutes the best national strategy for the years to come.

“But the trouble with that, which any occupant of No 10 needs to think about very quickly, is that there is no majority, in Parliament or the country, to do what would need doing.

“Such a majority would have to be mobilised and elected in a general election.”

Mr Hague was previously mocked for bashing Mr Johnson’s Brexit plan which promises the UK will leave the EU on October 31.

Mr Hague urged Mr Johnson to rule out suspending Parliament in order to try to get a no deal Brexit through if he becomes Prime Minister.

But his comments sparked outrage as people called him “ridiculous”.

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