The Conservative MP lashed out after Mr Barnier blamed Brexit on “nostalgia”. Mr Francois said: “Contrary to what Mr Barnier supposes, the British people voted to leave the EU not out of a sense of nostalgia, but because they are fed up with being told how to run their country to people like him.” It comes as the UK is due to finally leave the bloc on October 31.
Meanwhile, Brexit remains on a knife-edge over domestic politics.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation last week following a backlash over her latest Brexit deal, kicking off the battle for Tory leadership.
Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper threw his hat into the ring last night, bringing the total number of candidates to 12.
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the favourite to win the leadership race.
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Tory MP Mark Francois hit back at Michel Barnier
10.45am update: Corbyn’s colleagues think he is “bonkers” on Brexit
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbenchers think he is “bonkers” for not backing a second referendum, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alistair Campbell has claimed.
The arch-Remainer told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I have had it clearly spelled out to me by people from Keir Starmer to John McDonnell, I’ve heard it publicly from Shami Chakrabarti, from Tom Watson, Emily Thornberry.
“They all think this decision is bonkers and they all think it should be reviewed.
“It’s a question of whether the Labour Party wants to do the right thing on Brexit or whether it just wants to have these distractions where we can talk about process, talk about nonsense, and not face up to the decisions that real leaders would make on the single most important issue facing the country.”
Corbyn’s colleagues think he is “bonkers” on Brexit, Alistair Campbell claimed
10am update: Remainer plot to demand QUEEN stops no deal Brexit – REVEALED
Lib Dem leadership hopeful Sir Ed Davey will call on the Queen to stop a no-deal Brexit if he gets his party’s top job.
The Kingston and Surbiton MP said he would propose a “cross-party humble address to Her Majesty, requiring the Prime Minister to revoke Article 50 if we got to the cliff edge”.
A humble address is a direct communication from the House of Commons to the Queen, calling on the Government to comply with a request.
If approved, humble addresses are considered to be binding on the House.
The Queen could be asked to block a no-deal Brexit
9.45am update: Farage FURIOUS over general election survey
Nigel Farage has slammed a YouGov poll, accusing them of hiding his Brexit Party on the list of options.
The survey, which saw the Brexit Party come second behind the Lib Dems, asked voters who they would back if there was a general election tomorrow.
Mr Farage tweeted: “You Gov have released a poll showing the Lib Dems top in the country, with @brexitparty_uk second.
“They did not have the BP option on the list and we were hidden in ‘others’. Looks like an establishment attempt to suppress the truth. #FakePolling.”
You Gov have released a poll showing the Lib Dems top in the country, with @brexitparty_uk second. They did not have the BP option on the list and we were hidden in ‘others’. Looks like an establishment attempt to suppress the truth. #FakePolling
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 31, 2019
9.30am update: Next PM must be prepared to leave EU with NO DEAL – MP claims
Writing for Comment Central, Tory MP John Baron said: “In order to make this renegotiation credible, the next Prime Minister must be fully committed to an exit on WTO terms, and should ramp up all necessary preparatory work – this should not be too difficult, as Theresa May confirmed to me earlier this year that all preparations had been completed for a WTO exit on March 29.
“If nothing else, preparing for a WTO Brexit makes a renegotiated Withdrawal Agreement much more likely.
“If this gambit fails, then we leave the EU with a clean break – and begin once again to forge our own way in the world.”
9.20am update: Disaster poll puts the Tories and Labour JOINT THIRD for general election
A new survey of how Britons would vote in a general election has put the Tories and Labour in joint third place.
The Lib Dems top the YouGov poll with 24 percent, while Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is in second place with 22 percent despite only being launched six weeks ago.
The two main parties trail behind with 19 percent each.
It comes after Labour and the Tories suffered humiliating results in the European elections earlier this month.
The YouGov general election poll put the Tories in joint third place with Labour
8.45am update: Brexit exposes problems with Parliament, think tank claims
Parliament should be reformed to tackle “deep-seated problems” with its processes, according to a new report.
The Institute for Government has published its Parliament after Brexit report, which calls for a new committee to be set up so a cross-party group of MPs and peers can examine how Parliament should function in the 21st century.
Maddy Thimont Jack, the report’s author and a senior researcher at the Institute for Government, said: “There have been questions about what the Government is able to do without Parliament’s approval, the wide-ranging powers given to ministers to amend and introduce laws as well as who should control the agenda in the House of Commons.
“Parliament needs to explicitly address these issues rather than simply assume that the UK will shortly return to a period of a majority government and that closure on the divisive issue of Brexit will be reached.”
8.15am update: CBI boss warning to Tories over no-deal Brexit
Tory leadership contenders have been warned that a no-deal Brexit would cause “severe” damage to British business.
Confederation of British Industry director-general Carolyn Fairbairn wrote an open letter urging the next prime minister to reach an agreement with Brussels, claiming that the “vast majority of firms can never be prepared for no deal”.