Remain ministers 'determined to water down Brexit', says Sir Bernard Jenkin

Bernard Jenkin

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Brexiteer MP Sir Bernard Jenkin has claimed negotiations with the EU would have gone "much better" if there was more support for the referendum result within the government.

Appearing on the breakfast show, the Member for Harwich and North Essex accused "remain ministers" of attempting to "water down Brexit".

"Seventy five per cent of MPs voted remain, and a great number of them are finding it very difficult to accept the referendum result which is why we're having all these problems," Sir Bernard told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.



"We would have had a much better negotiation with the EU if the government and the House of Commons had been more enthusiastic about the referendum result."

The Conservative MP appeared on the show to discuss a debate which will take place tonight on an amendable motion tabled by Theresa May.


'What's going on?'

A pro-Brexit activist in Westminster. Image: Getty

However, the MP said today's Commons vote wasn't "very important".

"The really significant question is why the government doesn't seem to have adopted the Malthouse Compromise," he said.

"In the papers this morning, Barnier has been saying we haven't had any new proposals from the British government to replace the backstop, so what's going on?".