Ex-Brexit Secretary: ‘No Deal’ Not ‘Doomsday’, Will Free Britain from ‘Dead Hand of EU’

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said Britain should accelerate its preparations for a “No Deal” Brexit, explaining that trading with the European Union under default World Trade Organization (WTO) terms is far from a “doomsday scenario”.

Writing in the Sunday Times, which backed a Leave vote in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union — unlike its weekday sister paper — the MP for Haltemprice and Howden said “No Deal” was not “the doomsday scenario some are trying to paint” it as, and that it would in fact come with many “unique advantages”.

“Project Fear will not work because the claims are not grounded in fact,” explained the former Tory leadership contender, referring to recent claims that “No Deal” could see the United Kingdom run out of drinking water and Mars bars, among other things.

“There are horrible echoes of what happened with Iraq when a different government was desperate to build cross-party support for an unpopular measure that it was struggling to get through parliament. Ministries and institutions are being misused for propaganda purposes,” he warned.