Sammy Wilson: 'Once this deal is voted down the EU are in trouble'

Sammy Wilson

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The DUP's Brexit spokesman has predicted "trouble" for the EU if the Prime Minister's Brexit deal is voted down today.

Appearing on the breakfast show, Sammy Wilson said that if Parliament rejects the Withdrawal Agreement, it could give the Prime Minister a "strong hand" in negotiations with Brussels.

"If you look at the hand which the UK has, once this deal is voted down the EU are in trouble. It seems Germany is going into recession, that's going to put pressure on the EU budget, they're not going to have the £39 billion which they expected to get from Britain," Mr Wilson told Julia Hartley-Brewer.



"If the Prime Minister were to use the strong hand which a vote against this agreement gives her tonight, then I believe things can be turned around."

The politician added that despite his opposition to Ms May's deal, he was not in favour of a general election or giving Jeremy Corbyn a "foot up".

"We are not in the business of changing the government," he said.

"We simply want a policy to be pursued by the government which reflects what people voted for in the referendum, what the government promised in their manifesto and what the Prime Minister has promised time and time again in her speeches. That's what we're pushing for - not a general election or giving Jeremy Corbyn a foot up."