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‘Stop criticising ourselves!’ Britons urged to stand up to Juncker’s Brexit insults

A PULITZER Prize-winning journalist has ripped into the British commentariat, Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier in a furious take-down over Brexit.

John Fisher Burns, who previously worked for the New York Times, delivered a stunning rebuke as the lone voice defending Britain’s approach to Brexit on a BBC show.He surprised others on the news panel show Dateline after the three other correspondents relentlessly criticised David Davis and the British negotiating team.

Mr Burns also hit out at Michel Barnier’s “frankly insulting” tone towards Britain and warned Jean-Claude Juncker that he was “sitting on a volcano”.

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Burns also hit out at Juncker and Barnier’s “frankly insulting” tone towards Britain


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Burns urged fellow journalists not to just focus on criticising the British Government


Other panelists, including the British columnist Steve Richards, remarked that Brexit was “living proof that referendums solve nothing”.French reporter Agnes Poirer added that the rest of Europe was “watching and waiting” to see if Britain would come to its senses.

However, Mr Burns blasted this doom-and-gloom approach to Brexit and urged journalists to take time to look into the positions taken by Brussels during the talks.

He said: “The British commentariat always find fault at first at home but it would fair to take a look or two at the EU’s negotiating position.

“I mean, Barnier’s position seems to be a combination of Napoleonic hauteur and fairground hucksterism.”

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Burns blasted the doom-and-gloom approach to Brexit


Barnier’s position seems to be a combination of Napoleonic hauteur and fairground hucksterism

John Fisher Burns

He continued his tirade against Brussels approach: “To say you have to pay and agree your divorce bill before we get to talking about future relationships is unrealistic.”The British public will not approve a massive bill, without knowing if there is a positive offer on the other side.

“To have a French bureaucrat standing at a lectern and saying he wants to educate the British public, frankly that verges on the insulting.

“Juncker is going to find out that he is sitting on a volcano. He can’t just set out this difficult and non-negotiable position.”

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Since their 1789 revolution the French have had five republics, two empires, and several revolutions. We have only had one constituion. Perhaps there is something they can teach us, but I think we would be better off without it.

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