Brexit: David Davies MP defends Boris Johnson and attacks Jean-Claude Juncker

Brexit: David Davies MP defends Boris Johnson and attacks Jean-Claude Juncker

The MP for Monmouth spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about Johnson's Brexit article

Monday, September 18, 2017

David Davies MP has defended Boris Johnson over his Brexit vision and launched a scathing attack on Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Foreign Secretary landed in hot water over the weekend after he wrote an article for The Telegraph outlining his vision of Brexit. 

The article revived the claim of granting £350mn to the NHS, and insisted the UK should not have to pay for access to the single market. 

It provoked controversy, with Amber Rudd accusing Johnson of being a "backseat driver" over Brexit and igniting a spat with the the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, over the statistic. 

David Davies, the Tory MP for Monmouth, firmly defended the Foreign Secretary over the article.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think it’s very unfair to suggest every time a leading politician speaks out, it’s because they have leadership ambitions.

"He’s the foreign affairs minister, you can’t have anything more central to foreign affairs policy at the moment than Brexit. 

"Boris was perfectly right to point out we do send £350 million a week to the EU and we do want to get back control of it.

"If the UK statistics authorities want to quibble about it, it’s about time they looked at every single sign in the country with the EU flag, saying a project has been paid with EU money.

"We’ve given them twice as much as they’ve given back to us."

Davies also launched a fiery attack on Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission. 

He said: "We’ve got a retired former president of a small state with a few thousand people who – in the normal scheme of events no-one would remember for five minutes – Juncker, who’s now running one of the biggest bureaucracies in the world.

"He’s angry about it, he’s about to lose his perks and one of the biggest contributors is about to disappear. Of course, he’s out there seeking to punish us.

"Because there are mixed messages from the media and politicians on all sides, these bureaucrats led by Juncker are hanging in there, thinking 'if we stick to our guns, we may be able to split Britain.'

"They have and we must stop it."

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