British man living in France elected as MEP – for the Brexit party

A British man living in France has been elected to the European Parliament - as a Brexit party MEP.

British man living in France elected as MEP - for the Brexit party
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Scottish businessman Brian Monteith lives in Trevian in the Tarn département in south west France.

But despite this he has just been elected as a Brexit party MEP for the North East of England.

Mr Monteith, 61, who describes himself as “Brexit Partyin’, Cigar smokin', Jaguar drivin', vino quaffin', Hibees followin', Zeppelin lovin', Wagner goin', free-marketin” on his Twitter profile, defended himself against charges of hypocrisy for exercising his freedom of movement while seeking to deny others the same opportunity.

He told British newspaper the Guardian that he was planning on moving back to the UK to take up his role in the European Parliament.

He said: “In fact, I was already in the throes of moving house back to the UK when I was invited to stand.

“The fact that France is my address as my main residence is neither here nor there.”

He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2007 and is currently Director of Communications at pro-Brexit thinktank Global Britain and a columnist for The Scotsman newspaper.

Member comments

  1. Well at least Brussels will only have to put up with the slug and his führer till October 31st. That’s if they turn up.

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Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

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The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.