'EU are dragging us into a punishment Brexit', claims Bernard Jenkin MP

'EU are dragging us into a punishment Brexit', claims Bernard Jenkin MP

The Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex spoke to Julia about the ongoing EU withdrawal negotiations

Monday, October 9, 2017

Leading eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin has claimed the European Union are "dragging" the United Kingdom into a "punishment Brexit."

Negotiations in Brussels are set to resume in the coming weeks, and have been deadlocked as both sides refuse to move forward from their respective positions. 

The EU insists the UK needs to sort out issues like citizens' rights and the Northern Irish border before discussing trade deals, while the British teams are keen to move forward. 

Jenkin, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, made it clear where he stood on this.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "At the moment, they’re dragging this into a punishment Brexit.

"It could be one where we still have the EU interfering with our laws and lives, where the EU still imposes obligations on us and costs a great deal of money. 

"The referendum was in June last year, and the EU said we can’t talk to you until you trigger Article 50. In March, we trigger it, and they say we can’t talk to you about the long-term trade deal until you've sorted all things first, like money and Northern Ireland.

"Who do they think they are and what do they think we are? That we’ll tag along after them while they waste time and box us into a corner?

"I don’t think this country or Theresa May want to be treated like that."

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