How it was told
As Theresa May and co dither, delay and debate in Westminster, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is becoming increasingly likely.
That would mean that instead of her deal governing how much the UK pays and sells goods for with the European Union, existing trade ties would be severed and the only remaining connection would be under the default World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms. Read the papers and other media outlets and you’ll see a sliding scale ranging from hard Brexiteers hailing how this will open Britain up to the world to prophecies of doom that it will cost us millions.
The Daily Express painted the picture that it would be no bad thing in articles like: “Let’s go WTO! Brexiteer Jenkyns urges MPs to EMBRACE no deal Brexit – ‘the EU fear us’” and “Brexit SHOCK: No deal Brexit fears SHUT DOWN as UK escapes EU ‘monopoly’”.
Richard Tice penned a similarly spirited column in The Telegraph, titled “Time for the Prime Minister to pursue a ‘World Trade’ Brexit”, insisting that WTO terms would be “far from the panto-dramatics language of no deals and cliff edges used by the anti-Brexit gang”.
On the other side of the fence, Labour peer Peter Hain wrote in the New Statesman insisting that “No deal is a dangerous fantasy”. Other left-leaning titles like The Guardian shared the same view, with Kojo Koram penning a column entitled “The Brexiteers’ idea of how WTO rules would work is pure fantasy”.
But who is right?