The cabinet wants to increase its focus on no-deal Brexit planning as they fear any deal is unlikely to get through the House of Commons. According to The Times, the details of the options to be given to the cabinet are so secretive that ministers will only be given the information inside No 10 Downing Street. The no-deal planning will include hiring more staff to focus on the outcome, spending more money on contingency measures and and suspending existing government programmes.
Former Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, said no-deal Brexit planning also includes extra checks at the border, diversion of goods to different ports, liberalising tariffs and cutting taxes for businesses.
The leading Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt is set to join Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox in calling for a “managed no-deal”.
Mrs May said yesterday MPs would be given a vote on the Brexit deal in the third week of January.
This comes as Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Mr May claiming she has led the UK into a ‘national crisis’.
A cross-party group of 60 MPs has written to the prime minister to say a no-deal Brexit would do “unnecessary economic damage”.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has said: “We have been taking no deal seriously for quite some considerable period.
“It’s not what we want to do, it’s not what we still expect to do… but I think it is right and proper that we maintain our work on preparing for no deal, however reluctantly.”
Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would support Mrs May in any vote of no-confidence.
He said: “I’ve had my vote of no confidence in her and I lost, and I’m not going to repeat the exercise. The Prime Minister is secure under the party rules for a year.
“I think to try and re-run something when you have lost it is not reasonable, it is not democratic.”