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Brexiteer zealot and Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has suggested that Emmanuel Macron could try to bring down the UK government, if Boris Johnson doesn’t seek and win a general election.
Speaking on talkRADIO this morning, Bridgen lauded the idea of calling a general election on 1st November (as has been speculated) as a “masterstroke”.
The North West Leicestershire MP said that, if Boris isn’t able to regain a majority for the Conservatives, French President Emmanuel Macron would try to intentionally cause delays at Calais – in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Bridgen said (with no evidence) that civil servants were recently dispatched to French ports, causing delays. He seemed to imply this was a dry-run for some sort of Boris sabotage plan, where “a French civil servant with a clipboard” would be sent to every French port to hold up cargo and cause misery for the UK Prime Minister.
Bridgen said he believed that our ports would be fully ready in time for a no-deal Brexit, because they’re operated by private companies and private companies always find a way to make things work.
He was obviously asleep during the collapse of Carillion.
Bridgen also forgot that ports rely heavily on government border and customs officials. We have a 10,000-person shortfall of the latter.
“Blame it on the French” has been a tactic deployed throughout British history. It is now apparently the fallback for desperate Tory MPs who want to avoid responsibility for the economic mess they’re about to impose on the country.