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Conservative MP Mark Francois has only recently burst into the spotlight after a bizarre Brexit argument with Will Self that culminated in an excruciatingly long stare-off.
And less than a week later, the deputy chair of the hard-line pro-Brexit European Research Group is being roasted for claiming that he was once in the army.
But according to his own website, Francois actually served as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army.
During an interview on Wednesday night after MPs voted to reject the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, Sky News presenter Beth Rigby asked Francois:
I don’t understand: why you don’t just take her deal and bank the win?
And Francois responded:
Because it’s not a win, it’s a lose. I’m not going to bank a lose. I was in the army, I wasn’t trained to lose.
However, his MP's website says he read "war studies" at university before serving as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army "during the Cold War".
The Territorial Army is made up of people from all walks of life who give up weekends, holidays and even head off on six-month stints on active duty abroad.
He was in the TA. No disrespect to the TA, but he wasn’t exactly parachuted into Tora Bora with a knife clenched in… https://t.co/Hz0Dhcf9Ew — David Banks (@David Banks)
@_SalmanAnwar He was in the cadets and territorial army. Hardly a battle scarred veteran — Andrew Aldana (@Andrew Aldana)
According to wiki he was in the TA and therefore only not trained to lose at weekends. https://t.co/L1OP6KldRt — Peter Smith (@Peter Smith)
@FraserNelson https://t.co/KIhr2BCmEQ — Jon Burke FRSA (@Jon Burke FRSA)
@FraserNelson https://t.co/r55nldgIYC — om (@om)
@FraserNelson "I wasn't trained to lose" https://t.co/Zurl7lbbt1 — Ross McCafferty (@Ross McCafferty)
Mark Francois was in the Territorial Army three decades ago, before losing to Ken Livingstone by 15,000 votes
https://t.co/t9UgbIolwi — Dan Bloom (@Dan Bloom)
Has anyone ever had training on how to lose? People obviously learn that on the job, but failure training in most p… https://t.co/xiRJxKChCp — Jess Phillips MP (@Jess Phillips MP)
Only a schmuck would say:
"I was in the army, I wasn't trained to lose"- outloud.
#MarkFrancois-#ERG https://t.co/fiQgkrDu8p — Bonnie Greer (@Bonnie Greer)
@SkyNews @BethRigby Is that relevant, I mean I had a paper round and they didn't train me to lose either — KeithKeithington (@KeithKeithington)
Unless I'm much mistaken, Mark Francois is wearing a POPPY on the BBC. It's March. https://t.co/Gu3WHuP2EZ — Ross McCafferty (@Ross McCafferty)
Francois has voted twice against May’s Brexit deal, and on Wednesday night voted against ruling out a no-deal Brexit.
The Conservative MP has become known for his outbursts on live TV where he frequently appears to put forward a pro-Brexit position.
During an interview on BBC News in January, he was severely criticised for bringing up the Second World War during a tirade at the German CEO of Airbus.
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