Marc François appears downbeat about Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals
- Credit: Archant
After warnings from the Tory Brexiteer that the country would 'explode' if the UK does not leave the EU on October 31st, Marc François has become strangely subdued.
The outspoken Brexiteer had very little to say when approached by reporters about the compromises from Boris Johnson that could lead to a deal.
He had been attending a meeting of the European Research Group inside Downing Street.
Chairman Steve Baker, who said the "constructive talks" were not with the PM, left feeling "optimistic" that a "tolerable deal" might be reached.
But former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith left less upbeat, with reports claiming he stormed out of the meeting.
You may also want to watch:
Mark François was not giving much away when he spoke to Sky News reporters.
"Were you happy with what you heard, sir?" asked a reporter as he left the government building.
- 1 Russell Kane: Why working class people like Boris Johnson
- 2 Boris Johnson proposes saving United Kingdom with 'Project Love' plan
- 3 BBC journalist admits being 'haunted' by fear broadcaster 'built up' Nigel Farage and UKIP
- 4 Welsh government takes Westminster to court over post-Brexit bill
- 5 The only Brexit export boom is from UK businesses rushing to Europe
- 6 Prosecution threat for Tories' co-chairman
- 7 Scientist tells Boris Johnson to cancel India trip over new variant fears
- 8 No plans for EU membership vote in independent Scotland, says Sturgeon
- 9 Brussels insists Northern Ireland Brexit protocol must remain in place
- 10 EU president faces fresh calls to resign over 'disastrous' Covid vaccine programme
"It was interesting," said the Brexiteer, less chipper than usual.
"You don't look very happy, sir?" continued the reporter.
MORE: Mark Francois interrupted by stop Brexit protester"Well there will be further chats to have," said François.
"So you don't like what you've heard so far, is it fair to say?" asked the reporter once more.
"What's upset you about it?" asked another.
Francois continued: "I'm not going to discuss it, gentlemen, I'm sorry about that... As I said, I'm not going to discuss it, it was a private discussion."
The ERG member had been previously assured by Boris Johnson that he would not try to revive Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement.
He had said: "If there were any attempt to revive the Withdrawal Agreement, even without the backstop, the ERG would vote against it."
"He said many times during the campaign that the Withdrawal Agreement is dead. I believe him," François said, adding he believed Brussels would "blink" and agree to talks on a free trade deal instead.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.