The Institute for Government (IFG) have issued a report warning the UK “risks stumbling into the next phase of negotiations with the EU without a plan”.
And this morning Donald Tusk said the UK need not “give in to fatalism” over Brexit.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The IFG’s report confirms any Brexit deal will be for a blindfold Brexit.
“We will leave the European Union with only the vaguest promises about our future destination and will be completely reliant on undertakings given by Theresa May – who has already told her party she will quit as soon as she manages to get her deal over the line.
“We will know some things. That the promises made in the 2016 referendum will be broken and that any deal will mean real costs to our economy, trade and influence. But nothing else will be guaranteed.
“The pledges made in the political declaration that will accompany the Withdrawal Agreement will be barely worth the paper they are written on and the coming contest for the leadership of the Conservatives is already focussing on who can put as much distance between themselves as Mrs May’s deal as possible.
“This is why Donald Tusk was right to warn this morning that the six-month extension in the Brexit deadline must not be wasted. Westminster must now decide what Brexit really means and put a price on what it will cost and put back the final decision on whether to go ahead to the public in a People’s Vote.”
The IFG’s report can be read here: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/summary-negotiating-brexit-preparing-talks-uk-future-relationship-eu