Brexit news: David Davis condemns Philip Hammond’s Project Fear tactics | Politics | News – UK

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Mr Davis said: “It was an attempt to frighten the population into imagining the most terrible consequences of leaving the EU without a deal. 

“Even more disgraceful, by doing so it will undermine the Governments hand in striking a deal.”

The criticism of his former Cabinet colleague came after Mr Hammond, in a letter to senior Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, who chairs parliament’s Treasury Select Committee, said a no deal Brexit could hit GDP by up to ten percent and borrowing could be £80 billion a year higher by 2033.

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Mr Hammond wrote: “GDP impacts of this magnitude, were they to arise, would have large fiscal consequences.”

Mrs Morgan said of the letter: “The Chancellor has confirmed that the Government forecasts a disastrous hit to our economy and living standards in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.”

The letter was published hours after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab released contingency plans to cope with a no deal departure from the European Union. 

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The documents urge people and businesses not to be alarmed, and say the government will work to “minimise any disruption to the economy.”

Mr Davis said: “The timing of his letter was either spectacularly incompetent or deliberate.”

Contrary to what Mr Hammond claimed in his letter, Mr Raab cited risks as “potential short-term disruption.”

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Addressing nationwide concerns on Friday, Mr Raab told BBC Radio 4: “There are some risks here … but let’s not have the risks blown out of proportion and out of context.

“These technical notices and the ones that will follow are a sensible, measured and proportionate approach to minimising the impact of no deal on British firms, citizens, charities and public bodies.’

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