Amber Rudd admits the government cannot guarantee there will not be job losses in a No Deal Brexit

  • Ms Rudd said 'no guarantees' could be made about Brexit and job losses
  • Work and Pensions Secretary said No Deal would be 'far worse than a deal'
  • Pro-EU campaigners responded with fury to 'careerist' Ms Rudd's comments

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Amber Rudd today admitted the government cannot guarantee nobody will lose their job as a result of a No Deal Brexit

The Work and Pensions Secretary said there could be 'no guarantees' about what could happen to the British economy in the event the UK splits from the EU with or without a deal. 

Ms Rudd was previously a vocal opponent of Britain splitting from Brussels without an agreement and was accused of ditching her opposition to a chaotic split in order to stay in the Cabinet when Mr Johnson took office. 

Mr Johnson had made clear that every minister serving in his government must back the option of a No Deal divorce. 

Ms Rudd's comments immediately sparked an angry backlash from pro-Remain campaigners who labelled her a 'disgrace'. 

The Work and Pensions Secretary said a No Deal Brexit would be 'far worse than a deal Brexit' as she insisted the government is focused on striking a fresh accord with the EU before the October 31 deadline. 

However, she it was right for the government to prepare for a potential bad break from Brussels. 

Amber Rudd, pictured arriving at 10 Downing Street on July 25, said today that 'no guarantees' could be made about job losses and Brexit

Amber Rudd, pictured arriving at 10 Downing Street on July 25, said today that 'no guarantees' could be made about job losses and Brexit 

She told ITV: 'A No Deal Brexit is definitely going to be a challenge for the economy, which is why the Government is putting together so much preparation should it come to that, and we are very clearly focused as a Government that we want to get a deal.'

Asked about previous comments she made in which she said a No Deal Brexit would cause 'generational damage to the economy', she said: 'I can tell that a No Deal Brexit would be far worse than a deal Brexit, which is why the Government is so focused on trying to get that.

'But we are also putting in place a lot of preparation to make sure that, should it come to that, we will have done all we can to mitigate against any difficulties.'

She added: 'I still think it will be a challenge, but we are doing all we can to mitigate against those difficulties.'

Asked if she could guarantee that no one would lose their job as a result of No Deal, Ms Rudd said: 'Listen, there are no guarantees about jobs, in or out, under any economic circumstances.

Employment hits record high as average pay also increases 

Employment has hit record highs in the UK as the market was boosted by higher numbers of working women and self-employed workers, new figures revealed today.

The number of people in employment rose by 115,000 to 32.81 million in the three months to June, reaching a new high for people in work, the Office for National Statistics said.

However, the UK's level of unemployment rose 31,000 to 1.33million for the quarter, as the rate of unemployment increased to 3.9 per cent - the largest rise  since 2017.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said: I'm pleased to see 2.9 million more people are in work every day since 2010, wages are rising at their fastest in more than a decade, and people across the UK are taking home more of what they earn.

'Thanks to the hard work of the British people and the government, we can further invest in our public services. 

'And today's figures are another sign that despite the challenges across the global economy, the fundamentals of the British economy are strong as we prepare to leave the EU.'

'What Government has to do is to make it as straightforward and as conducive to good employment arena as possible, and that is what, the statistics show today, we have been able to do.' 

New statistics published today showed employment has hit record highs in the UK as the job market was boosted by higher numbers of working women and self-employed workers. 

The number of people in employment rose by 115,000 to 32.81 million in the three months to June, reaching a new high for people in work, the Office for National Statistics said.

The Best for Britain pro-EU campaign group responded with fury to Ms Rudd's comments. 

Virendra Sharma, a Labour MP and supporter of the group, said: 'It's a disgrace that a senior Cabinet member is happy to help force through a policy she doesn't believe in and which could cost people all over the country their jobs. 

'This government has no intention of pursuing a deal with the EU, and has threatened to suspend Parliament to force through No Deal Brexit time and again. 

'It may not help her career, but Amber needs to start telling the truth about No Deal again. 

'She knows Brexit will kill our economy and stopping it would be best for Britain.'

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Amber Rudd: 'No guarantees' on No Deal Brexit job losses

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