BBCChris Grayling said the UK could leave the EU without a transitional agreement
Speaking in an interview on the BBC Newsnight programme the Cabinet Minister claimed it all depended on the nature of Brexit negotiations with the EU, while implying the Government wanted to remain the 27–member states “biggest export market”.
The Transport Secretary was asked to clarify the Governments policy regarding a transitional arrangement with the EU.
Evan Davis said: “What is the aspiration or expectation on leaving the EU? We have had Liam Fox saying it will probably be a few months, we have had the Chancellor saying it will be more like a couple of years or more.Related articles
“What is the policy on transitional arrangement? Are you saying we do not know our starting point or what we are seeking?”
Mr Grayling calmly responded: “All of this will depend on the position of the European Union and how the negotiations go.
“It is perfectly plausible that we could leave without a transitional arrangement, if the agreements were in place for future trade, if the agreements were in place for the kind of partnerships we will have in the future.”
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A UK Independence Party supporter (L) scuffles with a pro-europe supporter ahead of a visit by UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to Hartlepool
The Newsnight presenter pushed Mr Grayling and claimed he was providing a third option from his cabinet colleagues, a middling viewpoint