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Lord Digby Jones Nails Where Government Is Going Wrong On Brexit
10 August 2018, 09:52
This is the booming response from a former Trade Minister on where the government's Brexit negotiations are going so wrong.
After saying he wouldn't trust civil servants to run a bath, let alone important trade negotiations, Lord Digby Jones laid into Theresa May's Chequers agreement.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari, he said: "The problem is we are working towards saying we'll pay them £39billion, we don't want a say in anything that goes on in the future but we'll be bound by their rules.
"The last time I read about that, it was called a colony.
"Where Theresa May is on to something is when she said to Macron 'We are an important economy, we're more important than Norway in terms of size, we want a bespoke deal for Britain'.
"There's nothing wrong with that, Germany would want that. This is going to cause real pain in Germany, in France, in Italy because they sell so much to us.
"Where I worry is that it's been intensely politicised. I don't want Remainers and Brexiteers to make political capital. I don't want the Labour Party trying to politicise and bring down the government.
"I want the whole country to pull together and say we have got to do this together as one country.
"And, by the way, an Australian farmer trying to sell his meat to our country will be as important as a Polish farmer doing the same.
"I am hopeful there will be a deal, but at the moment, I'm holding my head in my hands, thinking this country can do better than this."