EU boycott: Four-pronged strategy can beat Brussels bullies, says ex-diplomat ‘Gloves off’

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And Adrian Hill has proposed a four-pronged strategy which he said would teach eurocrats a valuable lesson – and underscore the UK’s right to call itself a sovereign nation. Mr Hill as speaking after France’s President Emmanuel Macron reportedly irked Boris Johnson during a meeting at the G7 summit in Cornwall by telling him Northern Ireland was a separate country, as opposed to being a part of the United Kingdom.

Le Petit Macroni has scored an own goal

Adrian Hill

The 80-year-old, who in the past held posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the COBRA Committee of the Cabinet Office, told “Le Petit Macroni has scored an own goal.

“He married his school teacher but she doesn’t seem to have taught him much geography.

“Macron told Boris that Northern Ireland is not really part of the Queen’s kingdoms.

“Let’s teach him ourselves. Don’t buy anything French (we might make an exception for Normandy butter and camembert) wherever you live in the United Kingdom.

“Do it to help le Petit Macroni learn that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and part of the Belfast Agreement involved the Parliament in Dublin removing its claim to the six counties of Northern Ireland from the Republic’s constitution.

“The EU are trying to overturn that key ingredient of the peace process.”

Outlining his four-pillared approach, Mr Hill said: “The gloves are off. The simplest solution is to the rip up the whole trade deal, scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol, scrap the fishing agreement and simply reclaim our Exclusive Economic Zone under the UN Law of the Sea Convention.

“I was a member of the UK Delegation for three years – we can do that this morning if we so wish.

“As for money, pay what we owe the pension fund but all the other offers fall away with the three piles of paper.

“Think of the time and effort that will save in future.”

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He explained: “You cannot negotiate with massive bureaucracy.

“And after Merkel and her crew spent the first G7 summit trying to undermine the hosts over trivialities when everyone else was there to try and make the planet a better home for all its inhabitants – we should not waste anymore diplomatic time and money on them.”

Any other countries wishing to follow the UK out of the bloc were “welcome to join the band of real democracies,” Mr Hill said.

Neither should the UK be worried by talk of a trade war, despite the concerns voiced by World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the sidelines of the summit yesterday, he stressed.

He added: “As Brigadier-General Teddy Roosevelt said on the morning of D Day when he realised they’d been landed on the wrong part of Utah Beach – Let’s start the war from right here.’

“So whichever shop, supermarket, pub, car showroom you happen to be in, when you see something French that you fancy remember you’re teaching le petit Macron a geography lesson.

“Move on to the Aussie and Kiwi wines and the Brits these days.”

The exchange between Mr Macron and Mr Johnson was highlighted yesterday by Daily Express Political Editor David Maddox.

Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron whether he would be unhappy if Toulouse sausages were blocked from going to Paris by a foreign power.

Macron is believed to have replied: “Not a good comparison because Paris and Toulouse are both part of the same country.”

Mr Johnson then responded: “Northern Ireland and Britain are part of the same country as well.”

A source from the British delegation said: “Mr Johnson was pretty struck by it as quite revealing as to how they see the issue. It completely explains what underlies the comments he made.”

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