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I’ve never seen a bigger pantomime in my life and it is exactly what we were expecting
And he warned he and his former colleagues were ready to get back into ring politically if Mr Johnson signs up to a deal which compromises British sovereignty. Speaking after the statement was published at lunchtime, Mr Bull – a qualified medical doctor as well as being a television presenter who has fronted shows including Tomorrow’s World – told Express.co.uk: “I’ve never seen a bigger pantomime in my life and it is exactly what we were expecting.
“Look at the language of that statement. The fact that it is a joint statement is really fishy for a start.
“There is also no deadline for the ongoing talks, which is also really suspicious.
“Also the political language has changed dramatically so it’s all about being constructive and working together.
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“I thought ‘well hang on a minute, we weren’t saying that last week.
“I think the whole thing is orchestrated.”
Mr Bull said Mr Johnson was aiming to capitalise on people’s fatigue when it came to the whole subject – something he labelled “brex-austion”.
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He added: “And also there is another thing in terms of Christmas – we’ve got three weeks to go and wouldn’t it be marvellous if Father Christmas in the form of Boris came along and said he’s got an fabulous deal that is oven-ready.”
Both sides were effectively running down the clock, Mr Bull suggested.
He warned: “Reading between the lines, that statement means there is no way there is a no-deal.”
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Mr Bull predicted compromise on the UK side was inevitable, which by its very definition would involve breaching red lines on fishing, state aid and the European Court of Justice, something which he and fellow Brexiteers were unable to tolerate.
He said: “We’ve been fairly quiet and watching and waiting and we believed the Prime Minister when he said he was trying to negotiate the best deal possible.
“Now clearly, from what it says on my Twitter feed and Facebook, people are livid.
“They must think that people are stupid, because it is obvious what they are doing.”
As for his own plans, he said: “If if is a sell-out, and if it is BRINO, then yes we are ready to come back and take them on.
“Because we did not fight this hard for such a poor outcome, if it is indeed a poor outcome.
“I think like most former MEPs I thought the job was done and I have gone back to doing my day job.
“But I can’t stand by and watch this catastrophe unfold.
“We can’t take this lying down – it’s just not acceptable.”
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