Business Minister says he fears a no deal Brexit could shut down the Jaguar and Mini plants as new poll reveals crashing out of the EU is now the most popular option with voters
- ICM poll found 28% of voters back a no deal Brexit – the most popular choice
- Esther McVey is launching a campaign to reassure voters about a no deal
- Business Minister Richard Harrington said crashing out would be a disaster
Business Minister Richard Harrington today warned he fears a no deal Brexit could force the closure of Jaguar and Mini car plants.
The Tory minister, who has warned he could quit to try to stop a no deal Brexit, said he thinks it would be an ‘absolute disaster’.
Jaguar Land Rover has announces it is cutting 5,000 jobs at its plan in the West Midlands while a one-month shutdown at the Mini plan in Oxford has been brought forward to April 2019.
Mr Harrington told the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: ‘I’m not afraid of ‘no drugs’ etc. But I’m afraid of Jaguar closing, Mini closing, the life sciences industry closing and all the other things.
‘Because we’d have no agreement that represents the way these businesses are integrated today.’
Business Minister Richard Harrington today said a no deal Brexit would be an ‘absolute disaster’ for the country (file pic)
He added: ‘I’ve seen what may well happen with this cut-off date, crashing out in my view… is an absolute disaster.
‘It’s not a road to a free trade agreement, it’s not a road to anything. It’s an absolute disaster for the country and it’s supported by a minority of a minority of people.
His comments came as a poll released last night by ICM found that a no deal Brexit is now the most popular of the Brexit options with voters.
A no deal Brexit was the most popular option with nearly a third (28 per cent) of voters, the survey found.
While a second referendum was backed by 24 per cent, and 20 per cent of voters think Article 50 should be extended – delaying Brexit to provide more time for negotiations.
A poll by ICM (pictured) found that 28% of voters now back a no deal Brexit amid political deadlock in Westminster
Just 8 per cent of the 2,046 people surveyed said they think Britain should push ahead with the PM’s Brexit deal.
While Eurosceptics are launching a social media blitz to reassure voters about a no deal Brexit – as a poll reveals the crashing out is now the most popular option with Brits.
Former Cabinet minister Esther McVey is spearheading the campaign to counter ‘scare stories’ she says are being peddled by Remainers.
Ms McVey, who quit as Work and pensions Secretary last November in fury at the PM’s Brexit plan, told The Sun: ‘Of course, 17.4million people voted to leave the EU.
‘So it’s really important that we reveal the true extent of the planning being done to prepare us for leaving the EU without a deal.’