'It's not our fault we've spent two years negotiating a deal with the EU, agreed it in Cabinet, put it to Parliament, had our collective ass whooped, then voted against that agreement a couple of weeks later. It's the EU's. Bastards!'
Describing the ball as being “firmly in the EU’s court”, Chris Grayling insisted that it was now down to Michel Barnier and fellow negotiators to compromise or face an economic cliff edge.
“We have taken to our parliament the deal reached in November and our parliament has said no,” he said.
“We want to work with the EU to reach a deal but if they are not prepared to do that – they will have to take responsibility that we are heading towards a no-deal exit.
“If they are not willing to compromise, if they’re not willing to work with us to find common ground – it will be down to them if there is no deal.”