Tory minister shows notes predicting ‘No food’ after no-deal BrexitJanuary 15, 2019
‘Desperate stuff!’ Tory minister is accused of stunting up picture showing his notes predicting ‘No food’ and ‘No Channel Tunnel’ after no-deal Brexit
- Treasury minister Mel Stride pictured leaving Downing Street clutching notes
- Sheet of paper had list on it which began ‘no food’ and then ‘no Channel Tunnel’
- Labour MP Jo Stevens suggested the ‘accident’ was actually a scare tactic
A Tory minister has been accused of stunting up a picture showing his notes apparently predicting the dire consequences of a no-deal Brexit.
Treasury minister Mel Stride was pictured leaving Downing Street clutching a sheet of paper bearing the words ‘No food. No Channel tunnel’.
It led critics to claim Mr Stride had deliberately exposed his notes as part of a ploy to scare MPs into voting for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, while his allies insisted they were points of discussion – not warnings in themselves.
Treasury minister Mel Stride was pictured leaving Downing Street today clutching a sheet of paper bearing the words ‘No food. No Channel tunnel’
Labour MP Jo Stevens, a leading supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, suggested that this was a tactic designed to scare MPs into voting for Theresa May’s deal.
‘The Government clearly know the harm a no-deal Brexit would cause, so it’s shameful they’re still using the no-deal threat to scare MPs into backing the Prime Minister’s bad deal,’ said Ms Stevens.
‘She’s basically trying to hold the people of this country to ransom in order to stay in power. But no deal isn’t an option. Parliament won’t let it happen because it would do untold harm to communities all over the UK.’
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘This looks just a bit too obvious – the last desperate throw of the dice by a government that has lost the argument on Brexit.
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‘The sooner tomorrow’s vote is out the way, the better – then we can get on with finding a better way forward.’
Sources close to Mr Stride said the note was simply a list of topics which had come up in the national conversation which he wanted to raise at a meeting, rather than any kind of prediction.
The Treasury declined to comment.
Meanwhile, the PM’s official spokesman quipped to The Sun: ‘I just thought he’d written down his New Year’s resolutions.’
The Government has told departments to ramp up no deal planning before tomorrow’s crunch vote on Mrs May’s Brexit deal.
Sources close to Mr Stride said the note was simply a list of topics which had come up in the national conversation which he wanted to raise at a meeting, rather than any kind of prediction
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