No-deal Legislation

Part of Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 12:00 am, 6th December 2018

Given that in politics one is sometimes asked for short answers, I feel that I should stop my answer with the word “yes”. Yes, we will be ready. This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the work that the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my hon. Friend Chris Heaton-Harris, is doing on no-deal planning; a significant amount of work has been done. Let us not lose sight of the fact that the situation will also be very challenging: there is a huge amount to do as part of that no-deal planning. So yes, we will be ready, but significant work will be required.