A Brexiteer MP is being mocked on Twitter for his blustering, misplaced bulldog-spirit optimism in the face of mounting fears over a no-deal Brexit.
Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover, has said the country has nothing to fear in the event of a Brexit deadlock thanks to the British spirit and our ‘backs to the wall attitude’.
The blindly optimistic Elphicke said: ‘We should have been planning two years ago, ministers should have been making sure that we are fully prepared and funding the investment needed.’
Asked on LBC why he thought a no-deal is nothing to worry about he added: ‘Because our country, when it’s necessary, when our backs are against the wall, there’s no challenge we can’t overcome.
‘There’s nothing we can’t do.’
To which presenter Clive Bull responded: ‘That’s great rhetoric, isn’t it? But we’ve got two reports here saying it will look pretty terrible in Dover in the circumstances of a no deal because nothing has been sorted out.’
The Brexiteer’s comments came a day after Dover District Council’s Brexit impact report revealed a temporary 13-mile ‘lorry park’ on the M20 could last years if there is a no-deal Brexit.
It did not take long for Twitter users to make the link between Elphicke’s bonkers ‘British spirit’ and the country’s reputation for queuing.
Tweeter Bernie said: ‘British spirit – sat in 20 mile traffic queues because his government haven’t got a clue…’
Another, Peter Stefanovic, tweeted: ‘Tory MP Charlie Elphicke says British spirit will make no-deal Brexit a success. Well that’s all right then, I was starting to worry.’
Elphicke was suspended from the Conservative party in November 2017 and is currently under investigation following allegations of sex offences against two members of his staff which he denies.