Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, addressed the EU Parliament in a plenary session about the conclusions from the EU summit last week. The former Ukip leader blamed Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their new withdrawal agreement that “reduces the United Kingdom to a status of a colony”. He said: “After three agonising years of negotiations, Michel Barnier gets Boris Johnson to sign us up to a brand new treaty.”
The Brexit Party MEP added: “It guarantees three more years of agonising negotiations and frankly reduces the United Kingdom to a status of a colony to the European Union.
“Why is Boris doing it? He’s doing it because he doesn’t want an extension that damages the Conservative Party in the polls.
“So he wants to bounce us into this new treaty before we wake up.
“It’s the same story every time. It’s about the Tory Party, not about the country.”
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“What we need is to build a Leave alliance of those across the political spectrum to fight and win the next general election.
“The only way we can leave this place is with a clean break Brexit.
“I would like to think that, like Mr Juncker, this is my last speech here in 20 years.”
Mr Farage’s comments sent cheers erupting through the Parliament.
He laughed at their response: “I’m sorry, I’d love it to be.
“But somehow I’ve got the feeling, we’ll be back in November.”
The Brexit Party leader’s intervention comes as EU Council President Donald Tusk suggested another extension to Article 50 could be granted as he consults EU leaders over the requested delay and MPs prepare to debate the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) in the House of Commons.
Mr Tusk said in a speech at the council on Tuesday: “It is obvious that the result of these consultations will very much depend on what the British Parliament decides, or doesn’t decide.
“We should be ready for every scenario. But one thing must be clear: as I said to Prime Minister Johnson on Saturday, a no deal Brexit will never be our decision.”
He told MEPs: “The situation is quite complex following events over the weekend in the UK and the British request for an extension of the Article 50 process.
“I am consulting the leaders on how to react and will decide on the coming days.”
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MPs are expected to vote on a second reading of the WAB on Tuesday after Commons Speaker John Bercow ruled another vote on the deal out of order on Monday afternoon.
Responding to the news, Mr Farage lashed out at the Speaker for his “pompous pontification”.
The Brexit Party MEP said: “John Bercow pompously pontificating. Did you see him on Saturday? Even when there was no noise in the chamber, ‘order, order’ for a global audience to see him.
“Ok, that’s fine – if he wants to be pompous and grand that’s great – but this is supposed to be a job where somebody does it impartially.”