Alarm voiced by Brexit secretary David Davis over the EU’s preparations for the UK dropping out without a deal underlines “why the government making such a mess of the Brexit negotiations,” MP Stephen Kinnock said on Tuesday.

The FT reported overnight that Mr Davis has consulted lawyers over the EU’s plans, claiming the exercise undermines business and breaches the UK’s rights as a member state. His concerns over such planning come even though the UK government itself has said it will be ready for ‘no deal’ scenario if necessary, and has set aside £3bn to deal with such an event.

In response, MP Stephen Kinnock, who sits on the parliamentary committee for exiting the EU said:

This letter clearly demonstrates why the government is making such a mess of the Brexit negotiations. The Secretary of State’s outrage about the EU making preparations for all possible scenarios is naive in the extreme, and the passive-aggressive tone is clear and deeply troubling proof of the fact that the relationship between the EU and the Government has fallen to pieces.

For negotiations to succeed both parties must invest time and effort in building trust, a constructive relationship and a reserve of good will. Antagonism never delivers positive outcomes. But this letter is a stark illustration of just how much damage this government is doing to our relationship with our European partners.

Mr Davis’ letter, viewed by the FT’s Jim Pickard, is below:

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