Tuesday 29 December 2020
The chairman of the European Research Group, Mark Francois has announced the Brexit deal agreed by Boris Johnson does pass the “acid test” of guaranteeing the UK’s sovereignty as an independent, self-governing nation.
The Brexit stalwart confirmed his endorsement of the Prime Minister’s deal in a written piece for the Telegraph, admitting that whilst “the deal isn’t perfect…from tomorrow night, we will, at last, become a genuinely free country once again.”
Francois insisted this deal represents a “massive victory” for Britain’s chief negotiator, Lord Frost and his team, who had to go back to the drawing board after Theresa May and Olly Robbins failed to secure an agreement that passed the sovereignty test set by Francois and his ERG colleagues in the Conservative Party.
Following the publication of the new deal on Boxing Day, leading members of the ERG had remained tight-lipped, choosing to delay their formal approval until legal advisors led by Sir Bill Cash MP had scrutinised the detail in full.
Veteran Brexiteer Cash declared yesterday: “the agreement preserves the UK’s sovereignty as a matter of law and fully respects the norms of international sovereign-to-sovereign treaties.”
With Cash’s backing, Francois has guaranteed “the overwhelming support in the lobbies of the ERG” as the prime minister seeks the support of the House of Commons in a vote on Wednesday.