When MP Mark Francois faced former international trade negotiator, David Henig on Sky News, presenter and journalist Adam Boulton acted as the chairperson. One line of discussion was around tariffs, with David henig explaining the consequences of the UK setting its tariffs at zero.
François: But it will be our choice
— Matty 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@Doozy_45) June 26, 2019
Henig: If we set them at zero, other countries will sa “We don’t need a trade agreement with you.” Major countries like Canada or Japan, where we want them to reduce their tariffs to our produce, will say “Well, we’ve got access to your market now. Why do we need to bother with this trade deal?”
For our car producers, 120,000 people or so work manufacturing our cars. They are going to be hit. Seventy per cent or something, a huge percentage of that production goes overseas.
Francois: It would be our choice.
Boulton: Yes I know but if it’s your choice to blow your head off, you don’t take it.
Francois: As a matter of fact Adam, I am not blowing my head off today, nor am I planning to.
It’s a very on-brand statement for the MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, who seems to have adopted a “Hold my beer!” policy when it comes to Brexit idiocy. Having failed to appreciate the scorn of Adam Boulton, he didn’t escape the scrutiny of Twitter.
I try not to do ad homs, but good grief, this is another level of the lethal combination of ignorance and arrogance from Francois. https://t.co/e6r27Ii8oL
— Sarah Calvert (@calvert_3) June 26, 2019
In the interests of balance, today Sky News gave us a Brexit debate between David Henig, a former international trade negotiator, and Mark Francois, a sort of semi sentient turnip whose closest scrape with glory was losing a staring contest to Will Self.pic.twitter.com/UtFie5g4up
— Graham Lithgow (@grahamlithgow) June 26, 2019
Mark Francois stuns again with the strength of his arguments and his statesman like demeanour. 🙄 https://t.co/LW0DAJcR7A
— Angelique 🇪🇺🇬🇧🇫🇷 (@Angieeclectic) June 27, 2019
I love how Francois is so proud of himself when he speaks, as if he’s conceived of the world’s greatest idea instead of the abject insanity which comes out of his mouth. https://t.co/vu2cLuklQY
— das v (@dasvee) June 27, 2019
Anti-Brexit campaigner, Cathie Wood, pointed out an important distinction between Adam Boulton’s analogy and the likely outcome of a no-deal Brexit.
But its not his own head he will be blowing off – its everyone elses. Horrible Francois will still be in a job even as 1,000s all around him will be losing theirs due to No Deal. Utterly selfish and obsessed. https://t.co/3mhI6B4YtJ
— Cathie Wood #FBPE (@cathie_wood) June 26, 2019
H/T: The New European
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