The European Research Group’s deputy chairman Mark Francois has said that Boris Johnson’s leadership and hardline approach to Brussels has “fundamentally changed” the dynamic between the EU and UK. The Rayleigh and Wickford MP told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer on Tuesday that because Mr Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May voted Remain and “never really believed in Brexit”, it put the country “on the back foot” in negotiations “from the word go, and the EU were all over us”.“What’s different now is you have a prime minister who campaigned to leave, who voted to leave, who wants to leave and is not a soft touch,” Mr Francois continued. “Boris is the one person all of those politicians on the continent have ever been frightened of, why do you think I voted for him?” he added. Prime Minister Johnson has gone on the offensive against the EU, setting up a War Cabinet, devoted to delivering Brexit by October 31st, this week, and has said that he would be refusing to meet with Brussels to discuss Brexit unless the controversial backstop was removed from the withdrawal treaty. The minority Conservative government works on a confidence and supply agreement with the conservative, Northern Irish Democratic Unionist… Read full this story
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