‘Institutional memory of BBC on Brexit is sketchy’: UK foreign sec takes sly dig at broadcaster
In an interview with the Today program on BBC Radio 4, Raab was challenged on his assumption that the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ was raised by Brexiteeers like him during the 2016 EU referendum, and that the UK government had no mandate for such a scenario.Also on rt.com ‘Herr Juncker in the bunker’: Brexiteer’s off-the-cuff potshot sets Twitter alight
Raab sniped: “The institutional memory of the BBC is a bit sketchy on this… the mandate certainly wasn’t leave the EU if the EU let us.”
In a tense interview with host Mishal Husain, Raab insisted that he wanted a deal to be agreed between the UK and EU, but the bloc needed to show flexibility on its Brexit red lines such as the Irish ‘backstop.’
“We want a good deal with our EU partners,” Raab said, adding that, until now there has been a “series of fairly stubborn positions staked out by the EU.”
Is a no-deal Brexit "a million-to-one" or "a very real prospect"?Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab claims the EU is being "stubborn" and "not willing to move" #r4todayhttps://t.co/FwlVQkSOKwpic.twitter.com/dtIRjxqOib— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) July 29, 2019
Asked how soon Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be meeting EU officials to renegotiate a deal, Raab could only point to a gathering of foreign ministers in Gymnich, Germany, scheduled for the end of August.
PM Johnson signalled his intent to make sure the UK leaves the EU by the October 31 deadline, without a deal if need be, by assembling a cabinet full of hardline Brexiteers such as Raab, Leader of the House Jacob-Rees-Mogg, and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
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