Scottish secretary 'signed up' to no deal option
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New Scottish Secretary Alister Jack 'signed up' to no -deal option

Scotland's new Secretary of State Alister Jack said if a Brexit agreement was not signed before the 31 October, the UK would "hold no-deal on the table".

He believed it was in the EU's interest to do a deal and a looming deadline would encourage one to be done.

Mr Jack said: "If we have to leave without a deal, if I feel we have prepared for that, then we will leave without a deal. That will be a Cabinet decision and that is what we all have signed up to.

"And the preparations start in earnest. We didn't get a grip of that in the last regime, we need to spend that £4.2bn that has been made available by the Chancellor now and we need to make sure we are absolutely ready."

  • 25 Jul 2019