Brexiteer Tory MP Nadine Dorries has ripped into the EU for pushing Britain towards a no deal Brexit position, despite the UK Government offering deals to Brussels.
Ms Dorries claimed that the stubborn European bloc would not even accept Theresa May’s Chequers proposal, which she described as a compromise too far.
She admitted Brussels were unlikely to accept the deal following the European Research Group amendments in the Commons, but blamed this on the EU’s approach.
Last night, Mrs May accepted amendments by Brexiteers to her Chequers proposal, much to the fury of Remainers in her party.
Ms Dorries had criticised the original Chequers proposal was Brexit in name only, and praised the amednents passed yesterday.
She said: “The universal truth is that the Chequers would not have been accepted by the EU.”
The Times journalist Matt Chorley responded: “They wouldn’t accept what you voted on last night.”
The Brexiteer continued: “Well, then we move towards a position – and I have to say, originally, I was not a no-deal person – but we are being driven by both the EU and the idealogical arguments towards a no deal position which means we will be in the rulebook of the WTO – which by the way, the EU is a part of.”
When Labour candidate Faiza Shaheen claimed that the UK Government had “annoyed the EU,” Ms Dorries fired back.
She said: “You think we annoyed Juncker and Barnier? They’ve annoyed the British public!”
The new UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab will meet with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for the first time this Thursday.
The European Commission has already put together a task force to prepare member states for a possible no deal.
In last month’s summit at the European Council, leaders agreed to “step up their work on preparedness at all levels and for all outcomes”.
Earlier today Bank of England Govenor Mark Carney told MPs that the EU will be worse off in a no deal Brexit.
However, he added that Britain would experience “big economic consequences”.
Source : EXPRESS