Iain Duncan-Smith adopts ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ defence on Brexit
He insisted that everything would be alright in the end.
The Government's not-so-closely-guarded Brexit impact assessment has been leaked to Buzzfeed and it does not paint a rosy picture. The UK economy will grow more slowly outside the European Union, no matter what deal is struck with Brussels, the document suggests.
Asked why the prime minister was not making the analysis public, a DExEU source told BuzzFeed: "Because it's embarrassing."
But one man refusing to be embarrassed is top Tory Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith.
The former Conservative party leader told the Today programme the paper should be taken "with a pinch of salt" because other forecasts had been wrong and that Brexit would be alright in the end..
"People should just calm down. The reality is this is always going to be bumpy. My view is leaving is the right thing to do and we will benefit from it in due course," he said.
"We should push it to one side and say, yet another report, not complete, not overseen by the government, ministers have clearly not evaluated this report yet. It’s deliberately leaked because it gives a bad view and therefore we should just put it on one side and say, look, leave it alone."
Among the Remain-supporting MPs struggling to share the Tory politician's optimism this morning was Labour’s Karen Buck, who tweeted:
"Iain Duncan-Smith adopting the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ defence in R4 just now, in the face of Brexit economic warnings."
For the uninitiated, the 2011 British film (based on the 2004 book These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach) features an ensemble cast as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India and is perhaps best-known for advice proffered by hotel manager Sonny:
"Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright then it's not the end."
Picture by: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images.