'Many thousands' of jobs will be lost in no-deal Brexit

Nellie Chapman
July 13, 2019

"It is because parliament may try and take a no-deal Brexit off the table altogether and so I think - my commitment is that I think I'm the best person to get a deal and if we get a deal it will be on or around the 31st of October but I can't control what Parliament does and that's why I'm being honest with people about the difficulties".

"It's because prime ministers should only make promises they know they can deliver".

"Boris commands a significant majority in terms of the parliamentary support and it is important that the next PM restores a collective vision and responsibility in this Government and I feel Boris Johnson is best placed to appoint the strongest Cabinet possible to deliver in this monumental task that we face".

Interviewed in 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said she "didn't recognise" herself in criticisms that have been made of her personality and leadership.

May underscored she had done all she possibly could to try to get her Brexit deal approved and did nothing to hide her frustration with the fact that some of her most strident opponents on Brexit are those now backing Johnson.

The move has not been ruled out by the favourite to take the job, Boris Johnson.

Greg Clark the business secretary has warned the next prime minister that a no-deal Brexit will lead to the loss of "many thousands" of jobs.

But as leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both stress how they will accept a no deal if it means leaving on deadline day, Ms Rudd appears to have shifted her stance on the scenario.

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Mr Johnson's lack of explicit support for the envoy in Tuesday's TV leadership debate following a tirade of abuse from US President Donald Trump was widely seen as the final straw in his decision to quit.

That came as British police opened an investigation into the leak.

Elsewhere, British Prime Minster Theresa May has said she will leave Number 10 with a mixture of pride and disappointment, as she admitted underestimating the "entrenched positions" in parliament over Brexit.

Speaker John Bercow in the House of Commons.

Diane James: Let's put this into context first of all; Ursula is a fervent Europhile, she is somebody who is absolutely committed to the United States of Europe, and she is so committed to stopping Brexit and achieving a second referendum, so we're getting what I call hard ball language from her. But she was sorry about having to leave when "there was more that I wanted to do". He warned that it is not entirely in parliament's hands to avoid no deal, as any withdrawal agreement and any extension of negotiations beyond Oct.31 must be unanimously agreed by the 27 remaining European Union states.

If he could not guarantee that himself; then he should never have made them in writing, simple as that, so I think we do have an individual who's had to fall on his sword, but because of his own stupidity, simple as that.

"So I think that I underestimated the unwillingness of parts some people in parliament to compromise".

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