WETHERSPOONS boss Tim Martin has lashed out at Remainers for desperately trying to keep the UK inside the single market and customs union, as he roared remaining under EU law wasn’t Brexit. Mr Martin, who passionately campaigned for Brexit, insisted most MPs had been elected on a pro-EU exit ticket as he warned against backpacking on the people’s decision.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “It has to be a practical solution, I think 90 per cent of MPs have been voted in on a pro-Brexit ticket so it’s just a question really of what the technique is and what the bargaining position is.“I don’t think many people will feel staying in the single market and the customs union and being subject to EU laws is Brexit. “I think Brexit is Parliamentary sovereignty and an assertion of democracy but I think outside that, there is quite a lot of scope.
“I think the main danger is… you can’t go in with an underlying demand that gives the game away.“Necessity never makes a good bargain as Benjamin Franklin says, so what you have to do is be pretty open. “But you have to be prepared to walk away if you get a bad deal and that means World Trade Organisation rules.
”Just one day before EU exit talks was scheduled to begin, Chancellor Philip Hammond U-turned on his bid for a ‘soft’ Brexit as he confirmed the UK will be leaving both the single market and the customs union. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, he said: “Yes. Definitely, we’re definitely leaving the EU, and because we are leaving the EU we will be leaving the single market and the customs union.
“The question is not whether we’re leaving the customs union, the question is what do we put in its place in order to deliver the objectives which the Prime Minister set out in the Lancaster House speech.“That is the issue, when I talk about Brexit that supports British jobs, British investment, British business, I mean a Brexit that avoids those cliff edges. “That ensures we segway seamlessly from the customs union that we are in at the moment to a new arrangement in the future that will continue to allow British goods to flow. “Not just without tariffs, because tariffs are a relatively small part of the problem, it’s without delays in bureaucracy.”Mr Hammond added: “We have got to make sure our border continues to work seamlessly and that’s probably the number one challenge for business.”The UK will officially start Brexit talks with Brussels on Monday almost a year after the historic referendum which as Britons vote to leave the bloc. Over the weekend, Brexit Secretary David Davis sought to dash European hopes that Brexit can be cancelled, saying: “There should be no doubt. We are leaving the EU and delivering on that historic referendum result.” . 00FastNews. New source of news.