Brexit: Dominic Grieve believes UK will be more 'damaged' than EU
The Brexiteer believes a ‘no deal’ scenario is “not ideal” but is her preferred option over remaining trapped within the EU’s strict regulations. She spoke on Thursday following the latest round of failed negotiations between the Prime Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Mr Johnson has said there is a “strong possibility” the UK and the EU will not reach a post-Brexit trade deal.
But Ms Hartley-Brewer says giving up on a deal to protect the nation’s “fundamental principles” is the lesser of two evils.
The TalkRadio host told BBC Question Time: “I would still rather stick with the principles that we are an independent nation state and we should be treated like that and not as a naughty school child that needs to be punished.
“I voted for Brexit not because of ‘Oh, I wonder what the tariff will be on oranges or on milk or on VW cars coming into the country’.
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“I voted for Brexit because I want the people in charge of my country to be democratically accountable to me and everyone else here.
“I voted for Brexit because I believe we are a proud nation independence state and I don’t want other people to have a say over how we run our business.
“Once you have that principle, which is the main reason why most people voted for Brexit, then the difficulties ahead of getting a Brexit deal, given what the EU are offering, become very clear and very difficult to surmount.”
Mr Johnson has said Britain should prepare for an “Australia-style deal” with the EU from January 1.
Australia trades with the EU mainly under standard World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.
It does not have a free trade deal with the EU. They have been negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) since June 2018.
But Ms Hartley-Brewer said avoiding the EU’s game of ‘Simon Says’ might be the best option.
She added: “If the EU is basically saying they want to play a game of Simon Says which is ‘The EU says whatever we do, you’ve got to follow.
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“‘Here are the rules we’ve got. Here are the regulations we’ve got and if we change them in the future, you have to change them too or we are going to punish you.’
“There is no nation state that would put up with that, whether you are a tiny little caribbean nation in the middle of pacific, America, China or Britain; France wouldn’t put up with being told that by the EU if they were outside of the EU.
“So it is impossible for the Prime Minister to give in on that. It is impossible for the Prime Minister to agree the European Court of Justice should have the final say on issues of dispute.
“It is impossible for us to say ‘Yes, of course, we don’t have any rights over our fishing waters’.
“These are all really fundamental principles and if the EU is demanding we give up on those fundamental principles, I’m afraid a deal will not be done and if there is a cost to that so be it.”
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