Farage: Brexit Will Be ‘In Name Only’
Nigel Farage has said that Brexit will happen in ‘name only’. Asked if he thought Britain would leave the EU he said “In legal terms, yes”.
“I think we’re going to be stuck inside the Customs Union and the Single Market, the European Court of Justice, unlimited immigration… Oh, we haven’t used that word have we?”
Mr Farage’s comments come as controversy still rages over the government’s concession of massive amounts of money to be paid to the EU in the hope that it will prompt the start of the ‘second phase of the negotiations. The true cost of the Brexit Bill is likely to be concealed from the British public, it would include liabilities for EU-promoted schemes the UK signed up to as an EU member and payments would be made over many years as liabilities fall due, so the final total may not be known for decades.
He said that it was now time to tell the EU to ‘sling their hook’:
“Leaving this union is not worth £40billion. Wrapping it up in transition, on top of the £40billion, and denying us the ability to sign up to the rest of the world is the worst of all places to be, even if we left the European Union in name only.
“It comes to a point where, actually, it would be better to say, ‘I’ll tell you what guys, you have been totally unreasonable’.
“You know, just tell them, ‘Sling your hook, unless you’re prepared to have a grown-up conversation with us’.”
Increasingly assailed on all sides, including by its own backbenchers and the Democratic Unionist Party, the government is looking increasingly incapable of finalising a deal with the EU other than one that is totally punitive for Britain. Brexit is most definitely in the balance as is the future of Mrs May and the government.