Ann Widdecombe brilliantly unravels Brussels’ threats to sue UK – ‘They can’t afford it!’
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Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has brilliantly dismantled the EU’s “empty” threats against the UK over Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit plan. The EU has threatened to take legal action against the UK after Boris Johnson refused to drop his controversial Internal Market Bill. The legislation would rewrite parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Bill and would breach international law.
However, Ms Widdecombe, who was also a former Brexit Party MEP, said that these threats were empty.
She made the remarks in an interview with Brexit Unlocked hosts Martin Daubney and Belinda DeLucy on the Un-locked YouTube channel.
The Brexiteer said that the EU can hardly afford to take legal action due to its economic woes.
She explained: “Don’t get too worried about the threat of the EU taking legal action against us.”
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Ms Widdecombe continued: “Suing in the international courts is very, very long, and very expensive.
“They don’t have any money, and they won’t be having ours in the future.
“The outcome is also never fully guaranteed. I think they are on a losing wicket.
“I don’t think they mean it.”
She went on to say: “We are moving towards a time where it looks like there may not be any deal at all.
“It is a fact that if there is no deal, we have to legislate for how we cope internally and we need to look at the Northern Ireland issue.
“The EU would be much better advised to try and understand that instead of taking the line they are taking at the moment, because inevitably now, what is going on, will lead to a no deal.”
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According to Ireland’s RTE News, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told member states last night that legal action against the UK remains on the table.
He told a meeting of ambassadors from 27 member-states that action against the UK’s threatened breach of the Northern Ireland Protocol will be deployed at the “appropriate” time.
On Wednesday, Johnson agreed to give the Commons a veto over whether the Government can exercise its proposed powers to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
He squashed the threat of a Conservative rebellion against his plans after meeting with disgruntled MPs.
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