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Express: Brexiteers rejoice as Government rejects ‘transitional deal’ that would delay leaving EU

Date: 09 12 2016

Brexiteers rejoice as Government rejects ‘transitional deal’ that would delay leaving EU

BREXIT campaigners have welcomed indications by the Government that it has rejected plans to delay Brexit through a so called “transitional deal”.

The idea of a slow departure through a transitional deal had been mooted by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who had previously played a leading role in the Project fear campaign to try to scare voters into backing Remain.

 

The idea had been seized on by Remoaner MPs who see it as a way of delaying Brexit by years and potentially reversing the result.

But according to reports, a leaked memo has suggested Brexit Secretary David Davis told a meeting of City figures that he is “not really interested” in a transitional deal, he told a private meeting with the City of London Corporation, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The memo of a meeting on November 15 made by an unidentified City of London Corporation representative, said Mr Davis would consider a transitional deal only in order to “be kind” to the EU.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said the memo was merely an interpretation of the meeting, and that Mr Davis “has been engaging with a wide range of businesses as part of the preparations for negotiations”.

But Brexit campaign group Leave Means Leave, which wants a rapid EU exit, welcomed the indication of the Government’s planning.

Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman, a senior member of Leave Means Leave, said: “This is very welcome news.

“A transitional arrangement is totally unnecessary and will create serious uncertainty for the UK economy.

“It is nothing but a mechanism for Remain campaigners to try to stall and eventually thwart Brexit.”

December 9th, 2016: Express