It is the question on everyone’s lips – what happens if, as expected, the government loses the key House of Commons vote on its Brexit plan next week?
For those watching Brexit secretary Steve Barclay on this morning Andrew Marr Show hoping for an answer, they were left sorely disappointed.
The veteran BBC presenter asked the former director at Barclays bank, who was promoted to Brexit secretary from a ministerial role in the Department for Health last year, whether he could produce a piece of paper saying what plan B would be if the vote was lost.
MORE: Who is Brexit secretary Steve Barclay?Leave-backing Barclay did not directly answer the question of whether there is a plan B, instead saying the government is ‘committed to the vote on Tuesday’ and adding: ‘The best way to manage the risk of no deal is to pass the prime minister’s deal.’
If the government does lose the vote on Tuesday, Labour has said the chances of it tabling a no confidence motion in the government would be greatly increased – which could lead to another general election.
There is also a rumoured plot by MPs to take control of House of Commons business so they can decide what happens next over Brexit.
Barclay was appointed Brexit secretary when Dominic Raab resigned after Michael Gove reportedly turned down the post, saying he would only take it if he could renegotiate the EU withdrawal agreement.
Barclay is MP for North East Cambridgeshire and between June 2017 and January 2018 he was the government’s economic secretary.
Despite his Vote Leave background, political commentators have suggested Barclay will limited influence on Theresa May’s Brexit plan