Lance Forman: EU ‘desperately hoping Brexit doesn’t happen’

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lance Forman has said he is worried the UK will end up with an “appalling deal” if the European Union drops the Irish backstop last minute to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The Brexit Party MEP for London told talkRADIO's Mike Graham that even without the backstop, a major sticking point in Britain’s withdrawal negotiations, “the rest of the agreement is absolutely dire”.

“They can always drop [the backstop] at the very last minute if they think that's going to stop no deal and that is my worry; that we end up with this appalling deal, minus the backstop,” he said.

Boris Johnson has headed to Europe for talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emanuel Macron to look at ways of maintaining frictionless trade at the Northern Irish border.

The backstop was part of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement that was rejected by Parliament three times.

It involves the UK maintaining a very close relationship with the EU for an unspecified period until a deal guarantees a soft border – it would not apply in the event of a no deal withdrawal.

But for Mr Forman, The Prime Minister's attempt to negotiate is unnecessary.

“They are desperately hoping that Brexit doesn't happen. They're trying to make us sweat at the moment and to be honest, I don't think we should be sweating,” he said.

“If I was Boris, I wouldn't be going over there at all.”

Instead, he has suggested scrapping the Withdrawal Agreement and pursuing a free trade deal that would allow Britian to continue trading with the EU "exactly in the same way as we are now.”

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