Amber Rudd urged to 'start telling the truth again' on no-deal Brexit

PUBLISHED: 13:44 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:34 13 August 2019

Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP).

Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP).

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Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has been urged to start telling the truth on a no-deal Brexit again after she denied she was a 'sell out' for joining Boris Johnson's cabinet.

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Rudd once claimed Boris Johnson was "not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening" but rowed back on her no-deal Brexit warnings to keep a job in his cabinet.

She admitted earlier this year a no-deal Brexit would "do generational damage to our economy and security".

But while Rudd has since said that a no-deal Brexit would be a "challenge" she insisted the government was seeking a deal.

"A no-deal Brexit would be far worse than a deal Brexit, which is why the government is so focused on trying to get that," Rudd told Sky News.

"But we're also putting in place a lot of preparations to make sure that, should it come to that, we will have done all we can to mitigate against any difficulties."

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She added: "We're very clearly focused as a government that we want to get a deal."

Rudd also denied that she had become a "sell out" for taking a post in Boris Johnson's cabinet.

She said: "In this job, everybody will launch some sort of criticism about whatever decision you made.

"I made a decision to back a candidate in the leadership race, which initially was Jeremy Hunt who was very clear that we needed to have no deal as part of the armoury in a negotiation.

"And, having done that, I made my own decision to compromise on that basis and to go ahead and then prime minister Boris Johnson put his cabinet together."

Labour MP Virendra Sharma, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign, said: "It may not help her career, but Amber needs to start telling the truth about no-deal again.

"She knows Brexit will kill our economy and stopping it would be best for Britain."

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