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'Let it go bust!' - Boris Johnson told to reject proposals to buy struggling Eurostar

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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.

Either the French keep it running or they shut it down

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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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Eurostar is facing a cash crisis because of the coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY)

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.

"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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France is in talks with the UK over a Eurostar bail-out (Image: GETTY)

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Eurostar is 55 percent owned by French rail giant SNCF (Image: GETTY)

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!"

French state rail company SNCF owns a 55 percent stake in Eurostar, with the UK Government having sold its interest in the company to private investors for £757 million in 2015.

The operator has been badly impacted by the coronavirus crisis and is currently running just one daily train in each direction between London and Paris, and between London and Amsterdam via Brussels.

One reader said: “I say let the thing fail. I just can’t see how UK taxpayers money can be spent on a loss-making EU vanity project, the liabilities must be horrendous.”

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Eurostar has suffered a 95 percent drop in passenger numbers during the pandemic (Image: GETTY)

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The cross-channel rail service is losing millions of pounds a week (Image: GETTY)

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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