UK businesses have been advised by Tory MP Kit Malthouse to keep preparing for a no-deal Brexit after the end of the transition period despite efforts being put to resume talks with the European Union.
While speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Mr Malthouse revealed that the UK government did not dump preparation for a no-deal exit, it’s best for “businesses to prepare for the worst and hope for the best” since the government said we should do so
Sky News Burley accused the Government of Brexit “confusion” and lacklustre ability in the trade negotiations with Brussels.
“What on Earth is going on with Brexit talks? We were told that we needed to get ready for a no-deal Brexit now it looks as if talks are happening again.
“How are businesses supposed to prepare for something that is going to happen in a few weeks if they don’t know whether there is going to be a deal or now?” Burley said.
Mr Malthouse did not share her view as he quickly defended Downing Street – insisting they’d been preparing for all possible cases.
He said, “I have been in businesses for 20 odd years now and you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. It does look like we have had a bit of movement from our partners in the EU, negotiations are starting again, that is a cause for hope but at the same time, we are getting quite close to the deadline.
“The Government has said to businesses privately and publicly they need to prepare for the possibility that we might go out on WTO terms. Businesses need to put themselves in a good position for that. We have done as much as we possibly can to prepare for that.
“We did it last time, we dusted it off and supercharged it this time so I think from a Governmental point of view we are in good shape. We are encouraging businesses o do exactly the same.
“Fingers crossed this new intensification of talks results in sensible heads around and we get the result we want.
After Boris Johnson’s October 15 deadline which the EU undermined, both the Prime Minister and Chief UK Brexit negotiator David Frost have hinted that it’s time to get ready for a no-deal divorce with the EU.
Mr Johnson on Wednesday agreed to resume Brexit negotiation with the EU with hopes to reach a deal after he said there was no need going back to the negotiation table.