Rudd ‘committed’ to avoiding a no-deal Brexit
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
The work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has said she is 'committed' to ensuring that the UK does not leave the European Union without a deal.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme Rudd three times declined to say whether she would remain a member of the government if it opted for a no-deal Brexit.
Rudd was speaking as MPs prepared for the third day of debate in the House of Commons ahead of the crunch vote on Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement, with home secretary Sajid Javid opening proceedings which are expected to be dominated by the issue of migration.
Asked whether she agreed with Cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt that the UK can thrive after a no-deal Brexit, Rudd told Today: 'This is a strong and great country, we will find a way to succeed, but I do not think that no deal would be good for this country and I'm committed to making sure we find an alternative.'
Rudd said it was 'right' for the government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast car.
You may also want to watch:
But she said: 'I intend to work with colleagues to make sure we avoid it. I am committed to getting the best outcome for this country, which is supporting the prime minister's deal.'
Pressed for a third time by interviewer Justin Webb on whether she would quit if May went for the no-deal option, Rudd cut him short by saying: 'Thank you very much, Justin.'
- 1 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 2 Priti Patel set to hand private firms £28 million in government contracts to deport asylum seekers from UK
- 3 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 4 Michael Gove's Brexit fantasy is leading us down a perilous path
- 5 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 6 Question Time: Ex-Tory minister accused of making 'sickening' comment about free schools meals row
- 7 German MEP tells Boris Johnson he 'owes' Britons a Brexit deal as she urged a return to EU trade talks
- 8 At the upcoming US election, Donald Trump really is toast
- 9 Priti Patel bullying inquiry may never be released, hints Boris Johnson's new civil service boss
- 10 WILL SELF: Two places where everyone knows your name
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.