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Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Michael Heseltine has warned Boris Johnson’s exit strategy for the UK is “insufficient”, adding the Prime Minister’s speech was “deeply disappointing”. The ex-senior Tory also noted how “infrequently” Brexit was mentioned in the announcement. He was mocked online for sounding like a “broken record” as he told Sky News the situation is “hanging by a thread”.
Lord Heseltine said: “The fact people think it’s gone away is so frightening. It hasn’t gone away.
“We were promised a deal, we haven’t got a deal.
“We were told there would be wonderful opportunities for new deals across the world.
“Does anyone seriously think that President Trump in the dying days of his first presidency is going to be making great concessions to overseas interests such as Britain’s?”
He continued: “The whole thing is hanging by a thread.
“It has gone from the headlines, but it hasn’t gone from the investment decisions of countless British people who are uncertain what’s going to happen.
“Until they are certain, they won’t make decisions, therefore leading to jobs being lost.”
Face-to-face Brexit talks have resumed in Brussels for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Twitter user Alexander Hall wasn’t impressed by Lord Heseltine: “He’s like a broken record. No one outside of the media cares what he’s got to say on Brexit any more.”
Mark Middleton agreed: “You mean his £90k annual EU land subsidy is hanging by a thread!”
David Stonehous added: “Don’t worry Mr Heseltine it will all be over in December.”
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One user tweeted: “Well he is losing his EU grants isn’t he?”
Another joked: “C’mon, this guy’s 150 years old, let him rest.”
Paul found the interview funny: “This is ‘spitting image’ right?”
John said: “Heseltine never stops whining. Nothing better else to do as yesterday’s man.”
Alan Thorburn wrote: “Why do you have Heseltine on the programme? Nothing positive yet again.”
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