‘Let it go bust!’ – Boris Johnson told to reject proposals to buy struggling Eurostar | UK | News (Reports)

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The company is losing millions of pounds a week and fighting for its life after seeing passenger numbers drop by 95 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic. France is in talks with the British Government about a possible bail-out but one prominent Brexiteer said Boris Johnson should go further.

Robert Oulds, director of the eurosceptic Bruges Group thinktank told Express.co.uk: “It needs to be saved. But we must take back control from the French.

“We can call it Brit-star – or Brit Tunnel.”

But an exclusive online poll suggested less than a third would back a British takeover.

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The survey found 62 percent (6,379 people) were against the idea in contrast to 30 percent (3,103 people) who said they would be in favour of the plan.

It showed 7 percent (599 people) wanted to see the service renamed the Brexit Express while 1 percent (138 people) said they didn’t know.

Commenting on the poll, one reader said: “I thought the level playing field part of the treaty forbids the involvement of Governments in enterprises like this.

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“Surely the French must go to the shareholders of the 49 percent and beg them for the money.

“It is not the concern of the UK Government.”

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Another reader said: “Let it go bust!”

Another said: “Either the French keep it running or they shut it down.”

And another said: “I wouldn’t trust the French to let it enter France if it was British but it would be a laugh to name it the Agincourt Express and have the British flag painted on the side of every carriage!”

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And another warned: “Don’t touch it with a 10-foot barge-pole.

“We’ve seen how the French are behaving with regard to imports and they’d be exactly the same within one minute of the UK acquiring Eurostar – paperwork, environmental standards, passenger lists etc. etc.

“We know their modus operandi.”

A total of 10,219 people took part in the online poll which ran from 9am until 9pm on Sunday January 24 2021.

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