Matt Hancock’s Brexit Delivery Plan: West Suffolk MP’s bid to avoid no deal
Matt Hancock has stepped up his bid to become the next prime minister by unveiling his plan to deliver Brexit.
The health secretary and West Suffolk MP is standing to be leader of the Conservative Party on a platform opposed to a no deal departure.
“It is now incredibly clear to us all that we must deliver Brexit before we face the electorate,” he wrote in an open letter to Tory colleagues yesterday (Sunday).
“It is also now clear that whatever anyone’s view of its desirability, a no deal Brexit is not an available choice to the prime minister. Parliament will never allow it to happen, we saw that in March… it is not a credible threat.
“The real choice is between leaving with a deal through Parliament, a general election (risking Jeremy Corbyn taking power), a second referendum or no Brexit.”
In his own words: Matt Hancock’s Brexit Delivery Plan
“The Brexit Delivery Plan is the only way to leave the European union by October 31. It is straight with people about the trade-offs involved, would protect the economy and safeguard the Union. The Brexit Delivery Plan is different from the existing deal in three ways.
It is much more ambitious about the future, proposing a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement as the basis of our long term relationship with the EU.
We would set up an Irish Border Council to establish the administrative, political and technological solutions to the challenge of how to make an independent UK trade police compatible with avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland. The council would include representatives from all sides and would have the goal, and the funding, to win the consent of border communities.
We will seek a time limit to the backstop to ensure there is an endpoint to this whole process.”
The 40-year-old is the youngest of 13 candidates battling it out to succeed Theresa May, who will resign on Friday (June 7) as leader of the Conservative Party.
Mrs May will continue to fulfil duties as prime minister until the Tory leadership contest (set to formally begin on June 10) is won.
Latest odds (William Hill, Monday, June 3) place his at 33/1 to win the contest.