Farage: Britain Being Kept In EU ‘In All But Name’.
Nigel Farage, speaking in the European Parliament this morning, said that there was “no need” for Michel Barnier to make concessions because he was “up against Theresa May”. The deal she struck, Mr Farage said, kept Britain in the EU “in all but name”:
“I am not surprised you are all very pleased with her: Theresa the Appeaser has given in on virtually everything.
“She was all for making as many concessions as she possibly could. It’s as if, even though we are leaving, effectively the British Government wants to keep us in in some form of single market relationship.”
Mr Farage was speaking ahead of two key votes on Brexit today. One is taking place in the European Parliament where MEP’s will vote on whether they feel they can recommend to the European Council that progress has been ‘sufficient’ to move onto the second phase of negotiations. Meanwhile, in the Commons, the government is facing potential defeat from Conservative rebels looking to force through an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which would force the government to insert a legal guarantee that there will be a ‘true and meaningful vote’ on the deal that is eventually agreed with the EU.
David Davis has written to all MPs guaranteeing a vote but the rebels are not satisfied. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve – a Conservative MP and the leader of the rebels – said that talks between those intending to rebel and the government are a “dialogue of the deaf”.
The outcome of these two votes promises to have a defining impact on the Brexit process.