James O'Brien Nails Why Leavers Now Want A No-Deal Brexit

23 July 2018, 10:53 | Updated: 28 August 2019, 07:34

James O'Brien explained why Leave voters are now so keen on a no-deal Brexit - it is the only way they can avoid having to give detail on how Brexit will look.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab spoke of leaving the EU without a deal, while Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson have both been talking up the UK's prospect if no deal can be reached.

James said he knows why they have moved to this position - so they don't have to write anything down.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "The reason why it's gone so nuts in the last few days since Chequers is because they had to write it down.

"I appreciate if you're still waiting for your unicorn to arrive you might not like this, but as soon as the plan is written down, it falls apart. This is, I think, beyond the realms of opinion and in the realms of observable fact.

James O'Brien in the LBC studio
James O'Brien in the LBC studio. Picture: LBC

"As soon as they write down the plan, whatever the plan is, it will fall apart, because so many people will be unhappy with the plan and the reason why so many people will be unhappy with the plan is that so many contradictory promises were made during the campaign.

"And it won't really fall apart under the scrutiny of Remainer opinion. It will fall apart under the scrutiny of Leavers, because there's no way any plan can keep even a fraction of the various contradictory promises that the various contradictory leavers made.

"You look at your Rees-Moggs and your Boris Johnsons now, why do they seem to be agitating towards no deal? Because the only way you can continue to refuse to write down the plan - and you will refuse to write down the plan because you know that when you do write down the plan everything falls apart - is to march under the banner of No Deal."