60 Seconds: Deal or no deal?



60 Seconds: Deal or No Deal?


Out of everything, I did not expect the Brexit negotiations to inspire a new adaptation of Deal or No Deal…

We’ve had ‘soft Brexit’, ‘hard Brexit’ and ‘Brexit means Brexit’. As we embarked on the fifth round of negotiations this week, ‘no deal’ seemed to become the latest Brexit buzz-phrase.

During a Treasury Select Committee meeting on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was quizzed over whether the Treasury was setting money aside to prepare for a ‘no deal’ outcome. Which, to put it plainly, Hammond responded with “no”.

He told the Committee that money would not be redirected from investing in health and education to prepare for an outcome we do not want, simply to “send the EU a message”.

estateAgentThe PM was later accused of “ramping up” the ‘no deal’ rhetoric during PMQ’s. If true, perhaps Noel Edmonds should be heading our Brexit negotiations instead of David Davis, lining up the 27 other nations in a semi-circle as they one by one reveal their hands.

Conservative MP Peter Bone also used PMQ’s to press May for assurance over whether an extension of negotiations would be granted if we hadn’t reached a formal agreement by 29th March 2018. She told the Commons there wouldn’t be.

In other words, we would tell The Banker “no deal”.

Supposing this is the outcome, let us hope (and, calling on my Catholic upbringing, pray) we made the right decision and that the number inside our box is red and not blue…

Have a great weekend.


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