Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said 3,500 troops will be “held at readiness” to help with a no-deal Brexit.
|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|Gavin Williamson told MPs regulars and reservists will be available to support any Government department with contingency plans regarding Brexit deal outcome.
His remarks came in the Commons after Tory MP Will Quince (Colchester) asked if there had been approaches from other Government departments about using the UK’s “world-class armed forces personnel in the event of a no-deal Brexit”.
Williamson said: “We’ve as yet not had any formal request from any Government department but what we are doing is putting contingency plans in place, and what we will do is have 3,500 service personnel held at readiness – including regulars and reserves – in order to support any Government department on any contingencies they may need.”
Mr Williamson was replying to Tory MP Will Quince (Colchester), who asked him to confirm if there had been approaches from other Government departments about using the UK’s “world-class armed forces personnel in the event of a no-deal Brexit”.
Labour have been accused of “playing games” after tabling a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion calling on MPs to declare they have “no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straight away” on the Brexit deal.