Tory MP Mark Francois will himself publish a brief on his own role in the Brexit battle – claiming it has been rejected by people in the book industry who did not want the UK to leave the ‘EU.
Senior Brexiteer, chairman of the Eurosceptic Tories European Research Group (ERG), said partisan publishing houses elsewhere had turned down his book. Spartan victory.
“I wrote it during the lockdown and it is basically the battle for Brexit – the three-year battle in parliament and in the media to honor the referendum result,” FranÃ§ois said The telegraphChopper Policy Podcast.
Explaining that he approached a few dozen publishers with his book on the ‘inside story’ of Brexit, the Tory MP said: ‘The problem was that the orthodoxy within the publishing industry remains very important. “
Mr Francois added: “I received lovely compliments on the book and the writing, but it became quite obvious after a while that no publisher wanted to publish it.”
When asked if the editors were really into the rest or if the idea was ‘in your head’, Mr Francois said: “There was definitely an element of it. To be fair, I got it. used through an agent, so I wasn’t doing it face to face.
Mr FranÃ§ois said his fellow Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, recently appointed Culture Secretary, advised him to do what he wanted. âShe said, ‘Get it self-published, if the book is worth publishing,â he said.
The ERG chief added: âIf 0.1% of the people who voted for Brexit bought the book, that would make 17,400 sales. “
Meanwhile, the Tory backbench MP has said he would like the government to trigger Article 16 to suspend parts of the Northern Ireland protocol if the EU does not give in to UK demands – saying “ideally” that he would like to see this bold move before Christmas.
Mr. FranÃ§ois said: “[If] you keep threatening to do [trigger Article 16] and you don’t, then you look weak. If we want to do it, it should be in the next few weeks, âsaid the head of the ERG.
Lord Frost said on Friday that “significant” gaps still remained following his latest talks with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic over the stalemate over the protocol, with both sides agreeing to “escalate” “the talks.
The Brexit minister confirmed that the UK remains ready to trigger Article 16 – unilaterally suspending some of the deals already reached with the EU – if a settlement cannot be found.
“I have made it clear that the UK is still keen to find a negotiated solution if it is possible,” he said. “However, the gap between our positions is still large and progress on many issues has been quite limited.”
The UK is pushing for an easing of controls on goods transported from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland under the protocol, arguing they hurt businesses and strain community relations.
Mr Sefcovic urged the UK to strike a deal to allow drugs to flow easily from Britain to Northern Ireland as well as other trade matters to the UK province.