Brexiteer Tory MP Mark Francois says 'up yours' to Philip Hammond on live radio for trying to 'stop UK leaving the EU'

Greg Evans
Tuesday 02 April 2019 10:00
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Brexiteer Mark Francois has been creating quite a name for himself in the last few months by just saying words.

The 53-year-old MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, who until recently was a relatively obscure backbencher, has been kicking off on live TV quite a lot recently, including burning letters from Germans and arguing with Will Self.

Now he's taken his angry football fan rhetoric to radio and he has bizarrely turned against his own Tory colleagues and aimed a jibe at chancellor Philip Hammond.

Hitting out the MPs who attempted to find a more sensible way forward by voting for softer Brexit options in another series of indicative votes (which were again, all defeated), Francois accused them of staging an "attempted coup".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Francois addressed the MPs, who were being led by Hammond, and in no uncertain terms told the chancellor where to go.

What happened this evening was a number of members of the cabinet led by Philip Hammond, utterly in cahoots with backbenchers across the house, attempted to stop us leaving the European Union.

What happened if you look at the mathematics, is the Tory benches rallied to defeat it, the overwhelming number of votes against all the propositions were from Conservative MPs.

And if you're listening, Mr Hammond, my fraternal message to you is: 'Up yours!'

Francois was a bit more polite to Nick Boles, who quit the Tory party last night, accusing the party of 'refusing to compromise' on the Brexit process. Speaking to BBC News, he said:

I'm not going to criticise Nick Boles because he fought off cancer.

He later tried to spread a conspiracy theory on ITV News and got very irate when he was told to answer a question quicker.

Francois' latest demonstration of his knowledge of the English language went down a treat on social media, with Twitter users more than happy to sing his praises.

Even members of his own party told him to reign it in a bit.

HT Mirror

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