Matthew Taylor

Sunday shows round-up: Grant Shapps – We will be ready for no deal

Sophy Ridge returned this morning after a few weeks holiday. Representing the government was the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps. Shapps was upbeat about the UK’s prospects should it encounter a no deal Brexit, and proudly told Ridge that his department was fully equipped to tackle any challenges:

SR: Will you be ready?

GS: We will be ready. In fact, I would say we’re more prepared than most people realise.

Heathrow’s third runway could be blocked

Shapps told Ridge that the controversial planned third runway at Heathrow could still be halted by legal cases. He also raised the possibility that the runway may not pass certain key department tests, but said that the Prime Minister (who campaigned vociferously against the runway) would not personally move to block it:

GS: The whole thing has to stack up… Parliament has already voted for it. There are legal cases which might block it… Another minister – not me – will have to weigh up whether this will meets all the tests – the environmental tests, but also the passenger test.

‘Everything is possible’ for HS2

Ridge bought up the subject of HS2, which the government has now decided to place under review. Shapps said the project’s entire future rested on the conclusions of this report, which is due by the end of 2019:

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