Brexit: Geoffrey Boycott forecasts EU 'break up' in 2019 interview
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Reflecting on the UK Government’s repeated attempts to secure a good deal with the EU, Mr Boycott insisted that “Europe don’t want us to have a good deal”. He argued that EU bosses are terrified that, if the UK does well outside the Union, then other member states will start to have doubts and may have their own referendums and leave. Indeed, there are already rumblings in Europe about other countries potentially reconsidering their relationship with the bloc.
One of England’s most successful batsmen, Mr Boycott, hit the EU for six in a passionate rant about Brexit negotiations on Good Morning Britain in 2019.
Discussing the Conservative leadership election, which Boris Johnson ultimately won, Mr Boycott recalled Theresa May’s failed attempts to negotiate a deal with the EU that could be agreed on by Parliament.
Explaining why he thought Mrs May failed, he said: “Europe don’t want us to have a good deal. They want us to fail.
“If we succeed as a country outside of the EU, then other countries will want to leave, the European Union will break up.”
He added: “They don’t want us to succeed, why won’t we get that into our heads?”
Noting that some have claimed it will be “terrible” to leave the EU without a deal, Mr Boycott insisted the UK would be fine.
He told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: “No, it won’t.
“We fought two world wars and we came out on top. Why?
“Because of the spirit and the determination of the British people. That’s what the British people do.”
Mr Boycott then claimed India and the US were “queuing up” to do trade deals with Brexit Britain, not to mention the potential of trading with China.
The UK has since signed trade agreements with Japan and a landmark free trade deal with Australia, with more expected to follow in the coming months and years.
Mr Boycott said: “We’ll survive. We have got India queuing up to do deals, we have got America, our best friend, queuing up to do a deal.
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“There are plenty of others, we haven’t even talked about China, 1.3 billion.
“So, let’s hang on, we are not totally dependent on 300 million people in Europe.”
The then-78-year-old’s passionate rant was described by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan as “one of the greatest mission statements” he had heard, “probably since the era of [Winston] Churchill”.
After a long, arduous process, the UK agreed a deal with the EU in January 2020, although there are still ongoing discussions around the Northern Ireland Protocol.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Italian MEP Antonio Maria Rinaldi stressed that Brexit will undoubtedly be the best decision in the long term.
He said: “They said five years ago that Brexit was going to be an apocalypse.”
“I think it has been a godsend, instead.”
Remainers’ hopes of taking Britain back into the EU have this week taken a crushing blow, after two directors of the People’s Vote campaign resigned from the troubled organisation.
Roland Rudd, former chairman of the People’s Vote, and director Richard Reed both resigned this week.
One former staffer told The Guardian: “This is a sorry end to a promising campaign which held the Government to account for a shoddy Brexit deal.”
Labour peer and avid Remainer Lord Adonis remains convinced that the prospect of rejoining the EU is still alive thanks to the European Movement group which he chairs.
The group, he claims, has a record number of members and more than 100 local groups which are “growing steadily”.
Meanwhile, Britain is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic, and flexing its muscles with the freedom that Brexit brings.
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