Mark Francois: EU project is almost akin to a religion
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The Conservative MP today releases his memoir titled Spartan Victory: The Inside Story of the Battle for Brexit. However, Mr Francois says he has been forced to self-publish the book on Amazon after there was no interest from dozens of publishers.
Mr Francois, who is chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs, blamed the snub on publishers being Remainers.
He told the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast: “In a nutshell, the problem was that the orthodoxy within the publishing industry is very, very much ‘Remain’.
“I got some nice compliments about the book and the writing, but it became fairly evident after a while that no publisher wanted to publish.”
Mr Francois said his agent took the book to a staggering 24 publishers who all refused it.
He added: “After a while, he just said, ‘look, you know, this industry has a particular view of the world, and it’s not quite the same view that you’ve got’.
“So in the end, that’s why I decided to go down the self-publishing route.”
Mr Francois said one publishing director agreed to publish the memoir before the company’s chief executive intervened.
He added that he decided to self-publish his book after being encouraged by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, who has penned a series of novels.
Mr Francois’ book tells of the battle to get Brexit over the line.
He was one of 28 so-called Spartans who refused to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Mr Francois said: “All of those shenanigans and arguments and plots that were going on in Parliament that the public could see night after night on their televisions.
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“This explains to them exactly what was really going on behind the scenes.”
Mr Francois’ 468-page book is available in hardback and paperback, and costs £25.
He is hopeful that the memoir on Brexit will be a hit.
He said that if “0.1 percent of the people who voted for Brexit bought the book, that would be 17,400 sales”.
The UK cut final ties with the European Union at the end of 2020 – almost four years after the country voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.
It was a tumultuous period as Mrs May’s deal was rejected in a string of bruising Commons defeats before Boris Johnson took over and finally got an agreement over the line.
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