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The LBC caller told Nigel Farage he believed EU officials were “arrogant” and expected Brussels to come to an admirable Brexit agreement since the UK is Europe’s largest trading partner. Rupert, from Marbella, claimed he would vote to leave the EU if there was a second referendum despite voting to remain in 2016. He said: “To be fair, looking back on it now, I have actually changed my mind.

“If there was another referendum I would vote to Leave. I don’t think we should have another referendum.

“I don’t like the way the EU has behaved and I would vote to leave.

“I’ll be honest, I was quite self-serving when I wanted to remain because I live in the EU and I was worried about how it would affect my business.

“But the more I studied it and the more I looked at it, I believe in Brexit now.

“I changed over the last year. I think it’s the fact that they are arrogant.

“There is no negotiation going back and forward, they’re not open to anything and I think we’re Europe’s largest trading partner.

“There’s a large trade deficit on the side of the UK and if this was a business deal then you would do it.

“I think they just come across as massively arrogant.

“And you know, we have been part of the EU, they want our money, why don’t they come to an admirable agreement?”

With less than two months left before the UK’s scheduled March 29 exit date, a narrow majority in the British parliament instructed the Prime Minister on Tuesday to go back to Brussels to seek legally binding changes to what is arguably the most contentious part of the deal, the Irish backstop.

The backstop provision is designed to prevent a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland by requiring Britain to keep abiding by some EU rules in the event it is unable to sign a comprehensive trade deal with Brussels.

The so-called ‘insurance policy’ would prevent checks on goods and people returning to the Northern Ireland border, which some MPs say could leave the UK shackled to EU rules indefinitely.

France said it would not renegotiate on the withdrawal agreement and Ireland has made it clear that it would not accept any changes to the backstop proposal, as has the rest of the EU, which has been blunt and united in its response.

European Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet: “The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation.

“We found out what the UK doesn’t want. But we still don’t know what the UK does want.”


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