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VIDEO: ‘A kick at UK is kick at themselves’ Iain Duncan Smith says EU will BOW DOWN to Britain


IAIN DUNCAN SMITH has insisted the EU will bow down to the UK during Brexit negotiations, calling any possible “kick at the UK” from within Europe “a kick at themselves”.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary admitted “no one knows” how negotiations will pan out after Article 50 is triggered but remained confident it was in the interests of the European bloc to come to an agreement with Britain.

Speaking to John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live, the Tory politician said: “The simple answer is ‘of course we don’t [know how negotiations will pan out]’ but the reality is that the debate here in the UK about this has been ludicrously one-sided.

“As though the UK has to figure out what it wants and go in and say ‘this is what we want to get’.

“The answer is there’s another group over there called ‘all those countries that want to decide what they want’ and the trick here is to figure out what’s in the best interests of both sides to be able to operate and trade eventually and what agreement they come to must be based around access and fair trade.

“That’s really where the UK and Europe really needs to want to head for.”

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP dismissed the idea the UK would “get a kicking” during negotiations.

“The honest truth is I don’t believe that will happen for one very simple reason – because a kick at the UK is a kick at themselves,” he said.

Also featuring on Sunday’s Pienaar’s Politics was the ’s Angela Eagle, who entered a leadership challenge to overthrow in July but withdrew eight days later.