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Debates
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Preparation of the European Council meeting of 21 and 22 March 2019 and UK’s withdrawal from the EU (debate)
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  Nigel Farage, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, I’m very much hoping after nearly 20 years that this is my penultimate speech in this Parliament, and that I won’t be coming back here again in July. I’m sure many of you here would share that sentiment. Mr Barnier, I told you that treaty wouldn’t go through the House of Commons, you didn’t believe me, it’s been rejected and I think you pushed your luck too far. You ask for too much and this morning you find yourself short of GBP 39 billion, so I’m sure you’re feeling a bit sore about that, but don’t worry, help is at hand – because the House of Commons today will do I’m sure their utmost to betray the Brexit vote. They’re even going to vote against what Article 50 said, which is of course that we leave on 29 March with or without a deal.

I have to say I think the gap now between our political class in the UK and public opinion is a gaping chasm because be in no doubt, public opinion is hardening. There is a greater sense of unity in the country than I’ve seen for some years. We simply want to leave. That applies to many who voted remain as well – because they respect the very principle of democracy. We’ve had enough. We’ve seen the snarling anger towards our country of Mr Verhofstadt, the bureaucratic intransigence of Mr Barnier, the constant stream of insults that come from Mr Tusk, and we’re of one mind: we don’t want to be governed by you. We want to govern ourselves.

I’m sure the next instalment of this will be the British Prime Minister, next Thursday, going to the European summit in Brussels and another humiliating display where she begs for an extension to Article 50. Well, I’ve got a solution to all of this. When I heard you, Mr Barnier, say this morning that if this Withdrawal Agreement gets passed and the next phase of negotiations could last for up to four years, I thought, ‘enough’. We don’t want to waste four more years of our lives – four more years of agony. You don’t want to waste another four years. You’ve got your plan – you want a ‘United States of Europe’, you want your army, you want everyone to join the euro, you want to get rid of the nation states – we’re just a damned nuisance. Add to that, as Mr Verhofstadt said, the European elections. You don’t want me coming back here, or hordes of eurosceptics coming back here, so there is a simple solution and that is that the British request to extend is vetoed at that European summit and we leave on 29 March. Most of the preparations have been done. Even if there are a few short-term bumps in the road, we leave and both you and we can get on with the rest of our lives. That is the only neat solution ahead of us.

(Applause from certain quarters)

 
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