Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the Government’s approach to Brexit, branding it a ‘shambles’ and appearing to suggest that negotiations are being ruled by the DUP.
As he clashed with Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Corbyn hit out at the Government for offering ‘heavily redacted’ assessments of Brexit’s economic impact before asking her to provide details of the multibillion-pound Brexit divorce bill.
‘Can the Prime Minister put before the House a fully itemised account that could be independently audited by the Office for Budget Responsibility and the National Audit Office on any proposed payment?’, the Labour leader asked.
Mrs May replied: ‘We’re at the point of progressing on to the next stage, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
‘So the final settlement won’t be agreed until we’ve actually got the whole of the deal agreed.
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‘I have to say to you, you’ve asked me questions earlier about hard borders – you know, half the Labour Party wants to stay in the single market, half the Labour Party wants to leave the single market.
‘The only hard border around is right down the middle of the Labour Party.’
The terse clash came on the same day that Brexit secretary David Davis admitted that no impact assessments have been done on the effect of Brexit on the UK economy.
As he appeared in front of the Committee for Exiting the European Union, he admitted that no impact assessments had been conducted by the Government on the likely results of Brexit for individual sectors, such as automotive, aerospace or financial services.