Carry on Brussels – David Davis asks Vince Cable to ‘sack’ Catherine Bearder

Last night’s episode of ‘Carry on Brussels’ on Channel 4 featured our own MEP, Catherine Bearder. Unfortunately she was juxtaposed with UKIP Press Officer, but it makes for entertaining viewing.

Catherine is seen gathering support amongst her European allies for her Exit from Brexit campaign.

The documentary demonstrates the links that Catherine has with Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator on Brexit. He is a former Prime Minister of Belgium, but of more importance to us, he is the Leader of ALDE, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe, which is the political group in the European Parliament to which UK Liberal Democrats are affiliated.

Catherine is shown greeting him as a friend in various meetings, including one with a UK delegation including Lindsay Northover (our Foreign Affairs spokesperson in the Lords), Sarah Ludford (former Lib Dem MEP) and Graham Tope.

The main filming was done late last year at the point where the EU (through Verhofstadt) stated its three terms for continuing the Brexit talks – protecting the rights of citizens, the terms of the financial settlement, and crucially, finding a solution for the Irish border.

In the debate Catherine said:

May’s Florence speech has left more waffle, fudge and half eaten cake on the table than is good for anyone’s cholesterol.

She voted in favour and was rewarded with a copy of a letter sent from David Davis to Vince Cable, saying that she had acted against the best interests of the UK. Davis effectively demanded that Vince Cable ‘sack’ her. How exactly he was supposed to achieve that is not clear.

You can watch the programme here.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Katharine Pindar 31st May '18 - 12:33pm

    Mary, to watch this requires signing on and a password, presumably for Channel 4. which I have no wish to provide. But thank you for informing us about it, and the close link of Guy Verhoftadt, Catherine and ALDE. Just a pity we did not know about the programme in advance, to watch or record it last night.

  • Actually, Katharine, it is being broadcast again tonight at 1.30am on Channel 4, so you can record it then.

  • I have a better idea, sack David Davis. He is clearly an incompetent with no negotiating skills.

  • David Blake 1st Jun '18 - 9:00am

    I thought A.C. Grayling’s request to Verhofstadt that the EU make things as difficult as possible for the UK was unfortunate. A gift to the Leavers.

  • Manfarang 1st Jun ’18 – 6:15am…..

    It doesn’t matter who you sack the old adage of ‘Silk purses’ and ‘Sow’s ears’ still applies.
    Many of my ‘Brexiteer’ friends still persist in a cartoon vision of the WW2 view of Britain facing Europe with the ‘Very Well, Alone” caption.
    The idea that ‘they need us more than we need them’ is still prevalent. Will Trump’s latest ‘America First’ tariffs make any difference; I doubt it?

  • Michael Berridge 5th Jun '18 - 3:19pm

    Why did Hitler pursue the war till May 1945 when any intelligent person – let alone his generals – could see months if not years earlier that the Third Reich was finished? He wanted to punish the people of Germany for their disloyalty to him. I do not believe the hardline Brexiters will send the UK over the cliff edge just to punish us Remainers. But in this turbulent climate, anything is possible.

  • Peter Hirst 5th Jun '18 - 6:55pm

    The media like to sell newspapers and stories such as this are fuel for that while the Brexit mess continues.

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