Remoaner Alastair Campbell silenced in TV row: ‘Brexit is DONE, let Boris get on with it!’
Brexit: Alastair Campbell clashes with Parry over UK leaving EU
Alastair Campbell was embroiled in a fiery clash with broadcaster Mike Parry as the pair discussed the state of the Brexit negotiations. Mr Campbell reiterated his belief the withdrawal from the European Union will have severe consequences for Britain’s economic and political standing around the world. But Mr Parry insisted it is now time to stop complaining and support Boris Johnson in his bid to secure an agreement with the European Union.
Mr Parry said: “You are fully in praise of the European people when I would say, can we please stop regarding Boris Johnson as a Tory or as a Brexiteer.
“He is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and therefore we must all get behind him. Brexit is done.
“I know you Remainers still think it isn’t but it’s done. Now we’ve got to get the deal.”
Mr Campbell attempted to respond to the attack but presenter Jeremy Vine swiftly moved to conversation on to allow third panellist Dr Sarah Jarvis to have her say on the issue.
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The clash came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to keep the negotiations going despite the end of the transition period being 17 days away.
Both leaders insisted they have a “responsibility” to secure a deal to avoid major disruption to business and travel.
The Prime Minister and the Commission President agreed to go “the extra mile” to have a deal in place by December 31.
But despite his commitment to getting an agreement, Mr Johnson renewed his warning to businesses to prepare for the eventuality of a no deal scenario.
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Mr Johnson said: “I’m afraid we’re still very far apart on some key things.
“But where there is life, there’s hope. we’re going to keep talking to see what we can do. The UK certainly won’t be walking away from the talks.
“The best thing to do now, for everybody, is to follow up all the work that has been done over the last four and half years, a colossal amount of preparation at our ports, everywhere across the UK, get ready to trade on WTO term
The Prime Minister added: “There is a clarity and a simplicity in that approach that has its own advantages.
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“It is not where we wanted to get to, but if we have to end up with that solution, the U.K. is more than prepared.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk on Monday morning, an EU diplomat said: “There might now be a narrow path to an agreement visible – if negotiators can clear the remaining hurdles in the next few days.
“There has been some progress in the negotiations over the last few days, but – sometimes substantial – gaps still need to be bridged in important areas like fisheries, governance and level playing field.
“The EU will continue negotiations with its constructive, calm and result oriented approach. Success depends on whether London also wants a fair deal and is ready to accept the inherent trade-offs.”
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