Steve Edginton from the political pressure group Leave Means Leave said the main aim of his Brexit campaigning is to diminish fears of a no deal Br
Steve Edginton from the political pressure group Leave Means Leave said the main aim of his Brexit campaigning is to diminish fears of a no deal Brexit, fighting against the mainstream narrative that a WTO Brexit will be a “disaster” for Britain. Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mr Edginton said: “The ‘Remainstream’ media and online is dominated by people who say that no deal is going to be a total disaster. We don’t believe that. So, we’re quite happy to put our message out there so we can reach more people across, you know, with an unedited message.”
Channel 4 News host Krishnan Guru-Murthy hit back and said: “Okay fine, you may not like experts either but you know, the Government, the Prime Minister, the opposition, the majority of MPs, the majority of economists, they all think it’s bad whether you think it’s a disaster or not.
“And yet there are these very bold claims in all these ads and in some of the free material as well just saying it’s not, it’s rubbish.”
In response, the young Brexiteer blasted: “You said that the majority of experts believe that no deal will be a disaster. I will really challenge that because we talk to so many experts.”
The pair continued to debate about no deal Brexit fears before the Channel 4 News host asked whether Leave Means Leave plans on targeting voters or MPs.
Mr Edginton replied: “Both. Look, we are happy to talk to politicians and journalists on Twitter and online.
“We want to get our point across to different publications, like yourself, that’s why we are quite happy to come on Channel 4 News and talk about why we this WTO will be a good thing for the country and, as I say, not a disaster.
“So many experts say that, in fact, it will benefit their business etcetera etcetera. But we are quite happy to talk to members of the public as well who are very much engaged in this.
“If you look at our rallies, we get thousands and thousands of people coming and saying, ‘look, we are really excited for a WTO. We need to walk away with our heads held high’.”
Prospects of a no deal Brexit increased this week after the EU rejected all efforts by Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen talks in hope of finding an alternative solution to the backstop, a last resort method to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland.
The decision to reopen talks were sparked following a vote by MPs on Tuesday evening to amend Mrs May’s deal.
MPs granted Mrs May a fresh mandate to return to Brussels after they backed the Brady amendment by 317 to 301 votes.
The amendment by Sir Graham Brady replaces the backstop with unspecified “alternative arrangements” which the Government admitted would need to be thrashed out in further talks.
As a result of the blunt rejection, Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts insisted the possibility of a no deal Brexit is increasing following the dramatic events in Westminster this week.