Leading Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash has said Britain must not allow itself to be threatened by the EU, adding that we must be prepared to abandon talks with Brussels.
Cash, a Tory MP, spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer after news that Theresa May's Brexit 'war cabinet' is due to meet today (Wednesday). It has also emerged that the EU has threatened Britain with grounding flights and imposing trade sanctions if it reneges on its transition deal commitments.
Cash said he had personally told Theresa May that he expected Britain to be "robust" in its response to Brussels, and he was very clear that "Britain must not be threatened in this way."
If the EU continues its posturing, Cash suggested "we may have to walk away" from the negotiations.
Turning to Peter Hain, who appeared on talkRADIO earlier and defended the EU's approach, Cash said he had been arguing with the former Labour minister for years, adding that "Peter and the others... have got to understand this is a matter of national interest."