The Hastings and Rye MP suggested Michel Barnier’s view of post-Brexit Britain with no EU deal was not plausible.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Ms Rudd said she “did not recognise” the description, which included the uncertainty of more than four million EU citizens living in the UK, long lorry queues at Dover and nuclear fuel shortages.
Marr put it to the 53-year-old that no deal with the EU could look bleak for Britain.
He said: “One description of no deal is more than four million citizens confronted with extreme uncertainty about their future, burdensome customs checks, lengthening lorry queues at Dover, serious disruption in air traffic and possibly even nuclear fuel shortages, if there is no deal.
Amber Rudd said she "did not recognise" Michel Barnier's Brexit description
I think it’s fair to say I don’t recognise that description
“That is the main negotiator, that is Michel Barnier who is our main negotiator on the other side, that’s what he thinks no deal will look like.”
But the resilient Tory cabinet minister claimed the UK and world economies were performing “well” and offered opportunities.
She said: “I think it’s fair to say I don’t recognise that description… Well, he would say that wouldn’t he. I don’t recognise that apocalyptic description at all.
"I mean let’s face it, the UK government, the UK economy is doing rather well now, much better than some of us thought previously and the world economy is doing well and the British people are entering into it.
Brexit: Results of how the UK voted Mon, March 20, 2017
Much of the North East of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union including Sunderland, Gateshead, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside, and Northumberland
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GREAT YARMOUTH: The town of Great Yarmouth on the East Coast of England voted by 72% to leave the European Union.
“I think there is a lot of positioning right now.”
Meanwhile, it has been revealed Britain could continue trading with the EU without any tariffs for 10 years if a free trade deal has not been reached after the Brexit negotiations.
Officials at the Department for International Trade have been exploring a little-known clause in World Trade Organisation rules which would allow the UK to have a decade-long interim free trade arrangement with the European Union, allowing more time for a bespoke deal to be agreed once Britain has left.
The provision, set out in Article 24 of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, has been described as a “secret weapon” in the UK's free trade negotiations with Europe.