Brexit: Theresa May ‘CAN’T be trusted’ says Richard Tice
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Richard Tice launched a scathing attack on Theresa May during a heated debate on whether the UK should leave the EU under a no-deal Brexit. The Brexiteer businessman claimed the Prime Minister "cannot be trusted" while reiterating that "no deal is better than a bad deal". BBC radio 5 presenter Emma Barnett said: "You're harking back to 2016 and I get why, but I'm also sitting here in a studio in January in 2019 looking down the barrel of a camera that regularly sees a Prime Minister with bloodshot eyes who cannot get a deal through Parliament." Mr Tice hit back: "In which case she should do what she always said and the people trusted her, she said no deal is better than a bad deal."
Ms Barnett replied: "She also said we'd have no election, she also said we wouldn't do various other things, and people change their mind."
The Leave Means Leave founder warned: "Exactly, so she can't be trusted.
"Everybody in business knows, and I'm a businessman, no deal is always better than a bad deal, and we have to be prepared to walk away."
Ms Barnett questioned: "Is it arguable that you're comfortable with no deal because you're financially comfortable?"
Brexit news: Richard Tice said Theresa May “cannot be trusted” (Image: BBC Radio 5/Twitter/Getty)
No deal is always better than a bad deal, and we have to be prepared to walk away
To which Mr Tice responded: "No because it would be great for this country. We can save £39 billion to invest in public services, and we can be free of a sovereign nation."
The comments follow Mrs May facing a walkout from Tory MPs if she does not allow Parliament to have control over Brexit negotiations, and attempts to force MPs to vote against a crucial amendment chaired by Nick Boles and Sir Oliver Letwin.
Mr Boles told Evening Standard: "A large single-digit-number of Cabinet ministers have told me they will not vote against the amendment.
"A larger number of up to 20 ministers outside Cabinet say they will resign if they are whipped to vote against the amendment. If anything this is gathering greater momentum across the House."
Brexit: Theresa May MUST rule out no deal say Benn and Cooper
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn refused to join cross-party talks unless she dissolved “red lines” and took her no-deal option off the table.
The Labour leader wrote to MPs urging them to "refrain from engagement with the government until 'no deal' is taken off the table'."
He also called for a “new customs union with a British say in future trade deals”.
Mr Corbyn’s letter reads: “The Labour Party are clear that Mrs May’s deal is a bad deal for Britain. Labour’s alternative Brexit plan is one that prioritises jobs, growths and rights.”
In a letter responding to Mr Corbyn snubbing an offer of Brexit talks, Mrs May claimed ruling out a no deal was an "impossible condition" and attacked him for ordering MPs not to meet with the Government.
She wrote: "It is not within the Government's power to rule out no deal."
She added: “Do you really believe that, as well as declining to see for talks yourself, it is right to ask your MPs not to seek a solution with the Government?"
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