‘No more Mr Nice Guy!’ Boris MUST stand up to Brussels ‘bullies’, warns Brexiteer

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Jayne Adye, director of Get Britain Out, said the bloc was currently behaving like an “adversary” – and needed to be treated as such. Mrs Adye was speaking after Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove announced a six-month delay to the introduction of controls on some imports from the European Union into Great Britain.

The Government had agreed to phase in customs requirements for GB imports from the EU over a six-month period, but has extended the timetable after businesses said they needed more time to prepare.

The unilateral move prompted European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic to initiate plans to take legal action against the UK for what he said amounted to a breach of international law.

But for Mrs Adye believes the UK Government’s decision is an example of Mr Johnson’s unwillingness to stand up to Brussels.

She said: “This week’s announcement by the Government that they are once again extending the start date for checks on goods entering the UK from the EU is another signal of unnecessary and one-sided compromises from the Government, right at a time when this couldn’t be further from what is required.

“It seems the Prime Minister’s belief that common sense would prevail, is proving to be fanciful, as the EU continues to reject the basic premise of UK sovereignty and refuses to act with even a shred of common sense.”

Mrs Adye added: “The EU is now set to launch legal proceedings against the UK for our decision to unilaterally extend the grace period on checks between goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland – all part of the United Kingdom.

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“In other words, while we act in a generous and mutually beneficial manner, the EU decides instead to try and break apart the United Kingdom, all while still trying to force the UK into accepting European Court of Justice jurisdiction.”

Such behaviour was not that of a friend and partner, but of an “adversary” determined to “under everything we stand for”, she claimed.

She said: “It is time we pushed back against the EU and no longer played the part of ‘Mr Nice Guy’, who always blinks first in a standoff.

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“The EU’s actions must have consequences for their businesses and people.

“We cannot continue to act as if nothing needs to be resolved, with big grandiose projects trying to distract the public from the details.”

Addressing Mr Johnson directly, she warned: “The Prime Minister’s unwillingness to tackle the details plays right into the EU’s hands.

“They have no interest in allowing ‘teething problems’ to work themselves out.”

The EU’s only goal was to try and make Brexit as difficult as possible, because they feared if the UK continued to succeed, as Mrs Ayde said it had done in terms of its vaccine rollout and trade deal policy, more countries would look to follow suit.

Referring to Mr Johnson’s comment that Britons will be “pleasantly surprised” in the end, she said: “Unless we stand up to the EU’s attempts to bully us into accepting their imposed will, then there will be no ‘pleasant surprises’.

“The UK must turn the tables on the EU, and make clear their actions to try and damage the UK will have consequences for their businesses and their citizens.

“Enough of the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ approach which has so clearly failed to get us results.

“It is time the Prime Minister went on the offensive to secure our own sovereignty and interests.

“When it comes down to it, all other factors are of secondary importance.

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