The only way to take back control of our borders is to leave the EU with no-deal, Iain Duncan Smith has claimed.
The former Tory leader reckons the UK can reap the benefits of Brexit from March 29 under a no-deal exit, rather than being left in ‘Brexit in name only purgatory’ under the Prime Minister’s deal.
He described Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, which MPs will vote on next week, as ‘flawed’.
If it was up to the former work and pensions secretary, he’d leave under World Trade Organisation terms.
Mr Duncan Smith said: ‘Only by leaving the EU on WTO terms can the UK fully take back control of its borders and deal with these issues.
‘In taking back control of our migration policy we are also giving notice to industry that we will have to invest and train to a far greater degree than they have for some time.
‘The greatest benefit of leaving under No Deal is that our country can start to enjoy the benefits of Brexit from March 29th 2019, rather than being left in the BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) purgatory of Mrs May’s deal.
‘The British people have already waited for almost three years – they should not have to wait any longer.’
His intervention came in a report published by Economists for Free Trade, in which fellow Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg also said there was ‘nothing to fear’ from leaving the EU without a deal.
Mr Rees-Mogg claimed that while it would be better to leave with a deal, the advantages of Brexit would come through sooner without an agreement.
He said: ‘In addition to goods continuing to flow, under a No-Deal departure, the British taxpayer would save £39 billion, money which could be used to cut taxes, to help our domestic economy and leave plenty to help any exporters who face particularly high tariffs.
‘The advantages of Brexit would come through sooner with trade barriers going down in 2019 instead of 2021 which could see the cost of food, clothing and footwear fall sharply if the Government followed sensible policies. This particularly helps the least well off in society.’