Nigel Evans: Blame for no-deal Brexit would lie with Juncker

Friday, September 20, 2019

Nigel Evans has said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must consider his legacy ahead of the latest round of Brexit talks.

The Conservative MP told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that Mr Juncker would be blamed should tensions rise between the EU and UK if it leaves the bloc without a deal.

“Getting some sort of deal with the United Kingdom means at least there is an economic future between the United Kingdom and the EU, that there’s not an all-out trade war,” he said.

“Of course the blame for that would lie at Juncker’s hands.”

Mr Juncker will meet Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay in Brussels on Friday and has insisted “we can have a deal” before the October 31 deadline.

Mr Evans said the Commission president’s words were “quite significant” and has buoyed hopes of an agreement.

“To get Juncker now speaking about the importance of a deal, of course what he’s revealed is whilst no deal would be damaging for the United Kingdom he’s also said that no deal would be damaging for the European Union,” she said.

The Conservative MP also accused former Prime Minister Sir John Major of betraying the party by taking part in a Supreme Court challenge to Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament.

“I believe that John Major has badly let down not just the Conservative Party but he clearly has betrayed his own,” he said.

“When he was Prime Minister he let many people believe that he had huge Eurosceptic credentials where that clearly was not the case.”

A ruling on the challenge is expected early next week.

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