Michael Gove confronted by anti-Brexit holidaymakers delayed by 30 hours

Candida Jones says she had a 15-minute debate with the former minister (Image: Twitter/@candidaj)

Michael Gove has been challenged over Brexit after being caught up in huge queues at a Greek airport.

An anti-Brexit holidaymaker confronted the prominent leave campaigner after being hit by a 30-hour delay which she said was “exacerbated” by Britain leaving the EU.

Former Labor councilor Candida Jones, who also works for a Labor colleague, blasted the former minister for his part in Brexit, in the queue at Athens International Airport last night.

Mr Gove, who has recently divorced, was pictured standing alone in the same queue but it is believed he was not on the same flight to Gatwick.

Jones tweeted yesterday: “Almost 30 hour delay to our easyJet flight now.

“I’m told the problem is staff shortages due to the pandemic compounded, in the case of the UK, by #Brexit. So it’s at least some comfort to find the arch Brexiteer (Michael Gove) caught up in the same scurrilous show #BrexitChaos #BrexitShambles’.

The 50-year-old also told the mirror that she had discussed with the former minister for 15 minutes in the bag drop queue.

The south Londoner described the Brexit-backing Tory as “polite but very passive-aggressive”, adding that he insisted the delays had nothing to do with Brexit.

She told the newspaper that she asked him to mention “opportunities” from leaving the EU – and he said the vaccine rollout and agricultural reforms.

Jones told the Mirror: “I said ‘come on, this is just ridiculous. There is nothing about being an EU member that in any way prevented us from carrying out the vaccine rollout earlier.”

“I said ‘you’re a smart guy and know what you’re telling me isn’t true and you need to stop treating the British people like we’re stupid.’

She added that Gove said he was on holiday and did not think it was a good time or place for the conversation.

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The exchange came after months of waiting times at travel hubs around the UK, which experts say has been made worse by Brexit, although other issues are at play.

The incident went viral on social media

Mr Gove was a prominent campaigner for leave but went on to blast Boris Johnson’s first bid to become prime minister.

In the dying hours of his premiership, Johnson sacked him in apparent retaliation, even as dozens of ministers resigned.

This is not the first time Ms Jones, who says every trip she has taken this year has been disrupted by Brexit, has been out with a top Tory on an overseas holiday.

In 2008, she claimed George Osborne “ruined” her day on the beach in Corfu with his motorboat.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Mr Gove’s office for comment.

An ally of his told the Mirror that “he was polite as always”.

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