Tory MP told he ‘sounds ridiculous’ after backing no deal despite Yellowhammer report
- Credit: Archant
A Tory MP has been accused of being 'ridiculous' after he advocated a no-deal Brexit despite the Yellowhammer documents revealing the considerable harm it would cause.
Kevin Hollinrake said that he voted Remain and would campaign to stay in the European Union if there is another vote tomorrow, but he also now supports a no-deal Brexit even following the publication of Yellowhammer warnings.
He told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire: "I also voted in parliament, as 94% of MPs did to give the people a vote. 52% of the nation decided to Leave - we should leave. We cannot be a member of a club we cannot leave.
"Of course there are going to be issues, which we need to deal with, and I would support what the government's doing. It's putting £8 billion into No Deal planning. Putting the measures in place to minimise the impact. As well as those problems there will also be opportunities."
Asking if he would accept a no-deal Brexit, he said: "Of course.
You may also want to watch:
"You can't threaten it and not want to carry it out."
A baffled Derbyshire asked: "Even though it would mean, according to this, voluntarily imposing absolute harm?"
- 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 The harsh truths learned from halt in Brexit talks
- 9 At the upcoming US election, Donald Trump really is toast
- 10 Priti Patel bullying inquiry may never be released, hints Boris Johnson's new civil service boss
Shaking his head, he replied: "No it doesn't mean this... Absolutely not the case. We will manage these the best we can."
"The best we can?" said the presenter. "Do you think that will reassure people?"
"I think the majority of people will not be adversely affected."
A disbelieving host raised her voice to ask "based on what?"
"Based on the document shortly which will deal with mitigations" said Hollinrake.
"Which you haven't seen!" said Derbyshire.
But the Tory MP continued: "Let's both see it - we should both judge it by the facts."
"I'd love to be able to judge it by the facts," she continued. "You're telling me you don't believe it will happen, based on a document on you haven't seen, which hasn't been published yet. You've got to understand how ridiculous this sounds to people", the presenter replied.
The Tory MP sounded unfazed. "I don't think it sounds ridiculous to keep No Deal on the table in a negotiation."
Derbyshire said it was "an answer to a different question".
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.