Owen Paterson MP: The political establishment ‘will do anything they can to frustrate’ Brexit

Owen Paterson MP: The political establishment ‘will do anything they can to frustrate’ Brexit

Conservative MP Owen Paterson outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Conservative MP Owen Paterson has said that the political establishment “will do anything they possibly can to frustrate” Brexit, adding that “the latest manifestation” was the “hysterical campaign” against leaving with no deal.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is refusing to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss possible options for leaving the European Union at the end of March.

The former Northern Ireland Secretary told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “The big conundrum still hasn’t gone away – which is terribly simple – the UK has had a referendum on a number of issues, every time people helpfully and maybe obediently went along with what the establishment wanted.

“This time we got a problem because to the complete horror of the establishment and they hate it and they will do anything they possibly can to frustrate it.

“The latest manifestation is this hysterical campaign against no deal. It is not optimal to go to World Trade terms but 98% of world trade is done under those rules.”

He added that it would be "better" if the UK could establish a free trade agreement instead of a no-deal Brexit. 

“What is obvious is that it will be much better if we could establish a wide-ranging free trade deal, which was offered to us,” he said.

“That is what is so frustrating. The European Union offered us that back in March.

“All this talk about customs union is a total betrayal of what was said in the Conservative manifesto.

“We promised very clearly that leave means leave the single market, leave the customs union, leave the remit of the ECJ.”

 

'Catastrophe' 

Watch: Conservative MP Owen Paterson discussing Brexit with talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

The MP for North Shropshire described suggestions that no-deal Brexit would be a “catastrophe” as “ridiculous”.

“We should press on making very public preparations for world trade terms because we may well end up there,” he said.

“We know the government is making several preparations.”

He added: “This is all absolutely ridiculous. The campaign against no deal has become what was the campaign against leaving.

“It has become a surrogate because Remainers know that if we leave on March 29, we leave.

“That is it, there is no going back. If we can get back into the talks and get this retched backstop removed then you can get into talks on the free trade agreement.

“It is quite obvious that there is not time to complete that so you should be well-prepared for world trade terms.”