Boris Johnson told ‘stop telling porkies’ amid fears PM WON’T deliver his Brexit promises

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Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe levelled his accusations during a frank assessment of the Prime Minister’s performance since taking over from Theresa May in December. And he also suggested the Government’s strategy had been derailed by a lack of clear thinking – and was characterised by what he called “groupthink”.

With barely a month to go before the end of the transition period, the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal being agreed between UK negotiator Lord David Frost and Michel Barnier are touch and go.

But for Mr Lowe, the problems started long before this month.

He explained: “I think the key question is Boris has pledged so many times on all aspects of Brexit, that basically, we are going to be taking back all our sovereign rights.

“But at the end of the day like everything in Boris’s life, he appears to be able to get away with telling porkies.

“He gets away with it – he was completely wrong with the border down the Irish Sea, he was completely wrong on just about everything.

“He has said things in the past that he clearly has not fulfilled.

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“What he should have done if he was smart and we did tell him this, the Brexit Party made this quite clear to him, is he should never have signed the withdrawal agreement, the political agreement and the Northern Ireland protocol.

“He should never, ever have accepted that once he won the election.

“And he had between December 12, when he was elected with an 80-seat majority and I think it was January 23 or 24, a full six or seven weeks, when he could have said to the Europeans ‘I am signing nothing, I am not going to sign these documents unless you radically change them.

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“Then he would not be accused of breaching treaties and things he is now being accused of.

“But I do not think he has a command of the details, that is the problem.”

Mr Lowe said he understood it was difficult to stay on top of all the complexities.

He explained: “I don’t think we should have to keep in touch with every little detail – that’s why you are supposed to have ministers to whom things are delegated, whose job it is to take care of the fine print.

“Not everyone can have a command of everything frankly.”

However, he added: “The problem is if you get the wrong people in these positions we end up with catastrophe and I for the life of me cannot understand some of the decisions they are making.

“I can only think they are committee-driven because it is quite common for committees to make appallingly bad decisions. It is called groupthink.”

A Number 10 spokesman told “Throughout the negotiations, we have been clear that we are keen to secure a deal with the EU, but not at the cost of our core principles around sovereignty and control over our laws, borders and money.”

Speaking today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Britain and the EU could clinch a Brexit trade deal – but not at any cost.

Mr Sunak said: “With a constructive attitude and goodwill on all sides we can get there. It’s clear what the shape of the deal looks like.”

However, he added: “We absolutely should not be stretching for a deal at any cost, that is not the right thing to do.”

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