Nigel Farage’s Verdict: ‘May’s Speech Stuck Two Fingers Up To LEAVE Voters’
Former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage (pictured above) has described Theresa May’s set-piece Brexit speech in Florence yesterday as ‘sticking two fingers up to those who voted Leave’. He said that the proposed two year transitional period after we leave the bloc in 2019 suggests that the Prime Minister doesn’t really want to leave the union at all.
During this time, the UK would continue to ‘honour its commitments’ under the bloc’s current budget, so no other country will have to ‘pay more or receive less’ over the remainder of the EU’s budget plan, she said.
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Farage said: ‘She doesn’t want to leave at all and wants the current status quo to be rebadged.
‘This transition arrangement she’s opted for where effectively we stay members for another two years, I fear that could go on for a long time.’
Mr Farage added: ‘The message from Florence today is Britain is not open for business and that, for me, is the saddest part of this speech.
‘What has been signalled today is we will not sign any trade deals until 2022, and that is at the most optimistic.
‘What we’ve done today is we’ve kicked it into the long grass for another two years. It’s two fingers up to 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit.’
However, Mrs May’s Conservative allies praised her speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described it as ‘positive, optimistic and dynamic’.
He said: ‘A strong Britain working hand in hand with a strong Europe – but once again free to take our own decisions.’
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said she had delivered a ‘strong speech’, saying: ‘Committed to delivering Brexit, reaching out to our European friends, realistic and practical.’
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.