Tobias Ellwood: There is 'no such thing as a no deal' Brexit
The Defence Minister says the details of a 'no deal' Brexit have been 'glossed over'.
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood has given his thoughts on Boris Johnson's promise that Britain will leave the EU without a deal on October 31st if a negotiation cannot be reached.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, he said: "I'm sorry to break it to you but there is no such thing as no deal."
Both leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have said the prospect of a 'no deal' is still on the table if Brexit negotiations with the EU cannot be reached, however, Ellwood believes this isn't possible.
He told Kate Garraway and Ben Shepard: "If you're the EU and I'm Britain, and I say, 31st October, no deal - I'm out that door. What's going to happen to our financial services? What's going to happen to our European arrest warrant? What's going to happen to Northern Ireland?"
"I'm making it very clear that all these things require citizens rights for example, what are we going to do? Move to WTO (World Trade Organization) terms on agricultural products; forty per cent tariffs? They all require negotiation, they all require a deal. It's like trying to ban New Year's Eve because we think it's too rowdy, you can't do it, we need a deal."
With the results of the Tory leadership set to be announced on Tuesday, Brexit negotiations will remain one of the top issues for Britain's next Prime Minister, and Ellwood believes both candidates have 'glossed over' the details of what a 'no deal 'Brexit means, pointing out there would still be issues regarding the Irish backstop.
He explained: "Whether they have been difficult or not, whether we are frustrated or not...with the European Union we still need to have some form of relationship and that's what we're missing in this debate.
"All these headlines gloss over the detail of our working relationship. The biggest issue, I stress, is Northern Ireland. You walk away without a deal, where does that leave the very issue that's prevented us from getting this through the line, and that's prevented Theresa May from getting it across the line."
Despite his opinions on Brexit, the Defence Minister said MP's have a duty to back the next Prime Minister.
He said: " I think it's every MP's duty to get behind this Prime Minister, and not least because of a myriad of other problems which we spend an awful lot of time discussing.
" Obviously, the first job of any Prime Minister is the security of the nation and our interests, and that includes making sure that our trade and our prosperity can continue. "