Iain Duncan Smith hits back after a doomsday report warns of food and power shortages if there’s a no-deal Brexit at the same time as another COVID-19 wave. The document warned the Navy could be asked to prevent British fishermen battling foreign fishing ships.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “I don’t see the point in people making “doomsday scenarios”.
“You could produce a situation where everything is wonderful, and nothing goes wrong at all, and that will be just as bad. The solution is we are leaving. We are autonomous. #Brexit.”
The former Conservative minister said the cabinet office civil servants “despise the Concept of Brexit” and have generated a “ghastly” report.
He explained: “My suggestion to all these people who think they know what the future looks like.
“They do not.
“They’re about the worst individuals in the world to forecast anything.
“My answer to them is to pick your bags up, get back to your offices because hardly any civil servants are back in their offices at the moment, show us all an example, get back to work and that way we will get the economy moving.”
Both EU and UK negotiators have warned there has been no progress during the most recent round of trade deal talks.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said: “We got Brexit done with a great deal in January and we are working flat out to make sure the United Kingdom is ready for the changes and huge opportunities at the end of the year as we regain our political and economic independence for the first time in almost fifty years.
“Part of this work includes routine contingency planning for various scenarios that we do not think will happen, but we must be ready for come what may.
“Whether we trade with the EU on terms similar to Canada or to Australia, a brighter future awaits as we forge our own path.”