Brexit: Green and Thornberry Prime Minister’s Questions clash


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The risk of the UK leaving the EU without any nature of deal is «probably overstated», Damian Green has claimed as he deputised for Theresa May at Prime Preacher’s Questions.

The first secretary of state said both sides yearn for a successful outcome.

But Labour’s Emily Thornberry said the Tories were «in a trouble» over Brexit and urged ministers to «get a grip».

She suggested there were contingency layouts for any failure to get a deal but the public were being left in the dark.

The prime curate missed Wednesday’s session because of the King and Queen of Spain’s national visit to the UK, while Ms Thornberry stood in for her party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

At the penultimate term before the summer recess, the shadow foreign secretary seized on what she translated was confusion in the cabinet over whether the government was ruling out, or not, the UK leaving the EU in 2019 without any stripe of agreement.

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On Tuesday, Unfamiliar Secretary Boris Johnson suggested there was no planning for such a floor plan, seemingly contradicting previous comments by ministers.

Ms Thornberry said Mr Johnson acted to be «making it up as he is going along» while the prime minister — who has said she craves to work with other parties on a range of issues — was «so bereft of goals that she is starting putting suggestion boxes around Parliament».

«Isn’t the fact now that we have got a no deal option on the table but they won’t tell us what it means, they give birth to got contingency plans but they won’t let the public see them,» she said. «As a country, we be experiencing got 20 months to go before Brexit, we absolutely have got to get a grip.»

Mr Unripe said the UK wanted an agreement but retained the right to walk away if it was proffered a «punishment» deal that was bad for the country.

He suggested Labour would assent to any offer from the EU, suggesting its approach to the talks was one of «unilateral disarmament».

«So far from the Strive Party they have had, I have counted, nine different systems on Europe. Labour want to be both in and out of the single market, in and out of the customs consortium. They said they wanted to remain and voted for Article 50.»

In diverge, he said the UK’s «reasonable» offer on citizens’ rights showed the government was focus on on with the task in a «practical and pragmatic» way.

He also rejected suggestions woman of the cloths were hiding information from the public about the economic consequences, vote the Office for Budget Responsibility would publish a report on Thursday far the likely fiscal risks and opportunities from Brexit.

Battle of the from the word go secretaries

Damian Green

  • Age: 61
  • MP for Ashford since 1997
  • First Secretary of Position and Cabinet Office minister
  • Before entering politics, he was a journalist at the BBC, Ditch 4 and The Times
  • He is married to barrister Alicia Collinson and has two children
  • His arrest in Parliament in 2008 ended allegations relating to the leaking of sensitive documents sparked a political row
  • He was not expensed with any offences and a civil servant who passed him information was subsequently walking papered

Emily Thornberry

  • Age: 56
  • MP for Islington South since 2005
  • Shadow first secretary of maintain and shadow foreign secretary
  • Before entering politics, she practised as a barrister
  • She is joined to the High Court judge Sir Christopher Nugee and has three children
  • She leave off the frontbench in 2014 after row about tweeted picture of a white van independent a house decked with St George Cross flags
  • Returned to the frontbench after Jeremy Corbyn became chairman and played high profile role in election campaign

Mrs May was not in the Commons as she attended a bosom event in Horseguards Parade to mark the beginning of King Felipe and Idol’s Letizia’s state visit to the UK. By convention, when the PM is absent, the opposition bandleader also stays away.

Mr Green was promoted to first secretary of say in a mini-reshuffle after the general election.

The MP, who has known Theresa May since they were ins at Oxford University, is now regarded by some as Mrs May’s de facto deputy and has adopted a violent profile in recent weeks defending the PM and the Tories’ pact with the Self-governing Unionists.

The MP for Ashford, who is also Cabinet Office minister, was policing envoy for four years in the coalition government but was sacked by David Cameron and had a incantation on the backbenches between 2014 and 2016.

On the only other occasion that Theresa May has been gone from PMQs during her year in power, her stand-in was former number one of the House of Commons David Lidington. Mr Lidington has since become detention secretary.

Emily Thornberry, who is shadow first secretary of state as all right as shadow foreign secretary, will be making her second appearance at PMQs.

The MP for Islington South opposed over from Angela Eagle as shadow first secretary after survive year’s EU referendum.

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