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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019 (debate)

  Brian Monteith (NI). – Madam President, as sure as eggs is eggs, this is probably my last speech and I want to say: I am Scottish, I am British, and I remain a European. And you may sit there with your fixed expressions casting doubt upon all I say, but I was a courier of samizdat material to the Soviet Union and its underground. I supported members of Solidarność in the 1980s. I worked for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain.

This place is the antithesis of being a good European: it works against the diversity of our cultures and our economies. This jumped—up virtue-signalling student union is not even about a united states of Europe. Instead it works ceaselessly – ceaselessly – to merge everyone into one homogenised blob of central control. The UK wants no part of it. We are leaving, and good riddance. We are leaving not because of Dan Hannan or Dominic Cummings, but because Nigel Farage and Richard Tice set up the Brexit Party that rebooted Brexit. I encourage all – all – true Europeans to ...

(The President cut off the speaker)

(Interjection from Mr Monteith: ‘Freedom!’)

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