Brexit: Preparations - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:55 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 3:55 pm, 8th October 2019

My Lords, does the Minister accept that most people in this country will not share the indignation expressed by some noble Lords about the Government preparing for no deal, but will think that it is the obvious responsibility of the Government, while continuing to work towards a deal, to prepare for the contingency of no deal, which remains a very real possibility? Does he also accept that whatever the present intransigence of the Commission, the member states of the European Union will surely recognise that it is in their interests to work very closely and collaboratively with us on issues of security?