Sir Bill Cash, a Conservative MP, raged at the EU and warned the bloc that the British people were “not supplicants” during a fiery tirade.
Sir Bill said: “I think the real issue is we are not supplicants. Let’s be blunt about this, we are not supplicants in leaving the EU.
“We are doing it under Article 50, we are doing it under an Act of Parliament which was passed by 499 to 110. The reality is that EU is conducting effectively a war of attrition.
Sir Bill Cash criticised the EU for not moving onto the next round of Brexit negotiations
“They are keeping on saying every single time there’s any meeting, there isn’t ‘sufficient progress’. There is progress, it is being made.
“Not only that, actually the reality is that we have a referendum behind us which has significantly demonstrated the will of the British people.
“That’s what is being implemented and they are being negative, the EU is being very negative about the whole process. It is extremely unsatisfactory.
“Quite frankly it is time the EU grew up and understood that what we are doing is in line with our democratic traditions and we are not going to be pushed around by them.”
I think the real issue is we are not supplicants
Sir Bill Cash
Speaking after the fifth round of Brexit talks, EU negotiator Mr Barnier insisted that there was “will” on the European side to agree a deal with Britain, but explained that talks were in “deadlock”.
The Frenchman has previously said the European Union would not move on to trade talks until the issues of the Irish border, divorce settlement and EU citizens was resolved.
The comments from Sir Bill come after the Chancellor launched an astonishing attack on the European Union, as he branded them the “enemy” during a Sky News interview on Friday.
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Philip Hammond said: “My message is this: I understand that passions are high and I understand that people have very strong views about this but we're all going to the same place, we all have the same agenda.
“The enemy, the opponents are out there, they're on the other side of the negotiating table. Those are the people we have to negotiate with, negotiate hard to get the very best deal for Britain.”
Mr Hammond later tweeted: “In an interview today I was making the point that we are united at home. I regret I used a poor choice of words.
“We will work with our friends and partners in the EU on a mutually beneficial Brexit deal.”
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