The Tory MP pointed out that Europhiles trying to defy the will of the people by overthrowing Brexit failed to make the case for staying in the EU during the 2016 referendum debate. But rather Remainers made the case against Brexit. His remarks come as desperate Remainers rally round in their bid to bring down a no deal Brexit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing for a showdown with pro-Remain MPs who are threatening to block his plans to take the UK out of the EU by October 31 with or without a deal.
MPs are reported to be planning to hijack a motion on restoring the Northern Ireland executive, due to take place on September 9, to seize control of the House of Commons agenda, according to the Financial Times.
But Mr Fox said it is “worth reminding ourselves why staying in the EU would be bad for Britain”.
He said: “It is also worth remembering that, in the referendum itself, the Remainers only ever made the case against Brexit and never had the courage to make the case for staying in the EU.
Brexit news: Liam Fox has said Remainers lack courage to defend the EU's true ambition (Image: PA)
“Their reasons were clear: they knew that the one thing that was not on offer in 2016 was the status quo.
“Either we took control of our own future or we would be incorporated into a Europe that was determined to press on with ever-closer union.”
Mr Fox, the former trade secretary under Theresa May’s government, said the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president proved “political, economic and security integration” in the bloc was not “slowing down”.
The prominent Brexiteer also warned the EU’s ambitions for defence, including an EU Army, were not an “instrument of security” but more a “vanity project, albeit a dangerous one”.
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Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron is attempting to push forward his plans for the further amalgamation of the bloc with the role of a new eurozone finance minister.
He plans to ratchet up the federalisation of the 60-year-old bloc’s core economies with a eurozone finance minister, who would manage a common budget that would be accountable to a eurozone parliament.