By Tara Rippin • 21 May 2019 • 19:18
AHEAD of the UK´s controversial participation in this week´s European Parliament elections, the Euro Weekly News caught up with new party Change UK´s best known candidate Rachel Johnson, in Gibraltar today.
Daughter of former MEP Stanley Johnson, and sister to high-profile MPs Boris and Jo, Rachel announced she would enter the political fray herself with the UK´s most recent pro-remain party.
The well-known journalist and social figure, who is standing for Change UK in Gibraltar and South West, took time out of her campaign schedule to speak to the EWN during a whirlwind 12-hour stop on the rock.
Candidate Johnson first met with Chief Minister for Gibraltar, Fabien Picardo, at the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar at Covent Place, where he said he “could see Change UK having more of a future in Westminster rather than Europe”.
Explaining her motives for getting involved with Change UK, Johnson said she has lost faith in Parliament to find a solution before October 31 Brexit deadline.
She added: “Nobody knows what’s going on from one minute to the next….there’s no appetite for any sort of Brexit and no majority for Theresa May’s deal.”
Asked what words she had for Britons living in Spain and Gibraltar, Johnson said: “Keep calm. These things need a lot of negotiation but British people in Spain are not going to be thrown under the bus, by the UK or Spain, that’s not grown up politics.
Watch this space for more of EWN’s exclusive interview with Rachel Johnson.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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