Nigel Farage Warns UK Leaving EU ‘In Name Only’
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage (pictured above) has expressed his severe concerns about the way the Brexit talks are currently headed, and told his supporters to get organised and, if necessary, to get ready to take to the streets.
Mr. Farage told the BBC’s The World Tonight that Britain started to slide down a slippery slope by diluting what people voted for in the EU referendum.
In a scathing assessment, the leading voice of the Brexit cause said the Government was trying to distort the referendum by keeping open borders and European courts.
He warned that big business which backed Remain as well as joining the euro was dominating the argument around Brexit.
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Mr Farage told the BBC’s James Coomarasamy: “There is a big expectation among Brexiteers that by March 2019 we will be out of the EU, out of the ECJ and out of the single market.
“But there now appears to be a consensus among the political class that this will not happen.”
He explained: “I have no doubt that leaving the EU will happen, but I am beginning to think that we may leave in name only.
“It looks like a minimum of five years until we get back control of our borders.
“If these transitional agreements go on until 2022, that’s five years since we voted to leave. I mean, there is even talk of transitional arrangements going on until 2023.”
The MEP added: “I am concerned that we will leave the EU but finish up with an open border, the ECJ still having a say, and paying a massive exit bill.
“If that happens, millions of people will say, what on earth did we vote Brexit vote?
“If we do not get what we thought we were voting for last year, there will be huge public anger on the streets.”
Mr Farage then urged his supporters to get organised and called on businesses that want Brexit to speak up.
He said: “I think the entire argument has been dominated by the big pro-Remain groups, the same people who wanted us to join the euro.
“There is no organised voice of business putting in the counter-argument. It’s up to the eurosceptics to get themselves better organised.
“I fear we are at the start of a slippery slope.
“I see cabinet ministers coming out to endorse keeping the borders open even after we leave, and this looks like a massive backslide.” Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com