Published On: Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

Brexiteer MEP CUT OFF by EU chief during passionate plea for EU to just KICK Britain OUT


The Ukip leader and MEP demanded the “do themselves a favour” and let Britain leave the Brussels bloc with no deal on 29 March. Addressing MEPs on Wednesday, Mr Batten said: “Mrs May may be totally incompetent but she is following a plan. Right from the start, the plan was to delay Brexit and impede Brexit and finally to overturn . The whole leaving process has been built on a false argument, the principle one being that we cannot leave without the mythical good deal.

“Now the deal is appallingly bad and it has been rejected by the Commons – not because it was bad but because it wasn’t bad enough for them.”

Mr Batten welcomed the decision of MPs to vote against the divorce deal Prime Minister Theresa May put through the Commons on Tuesday evening – with Mrs May recording the third biggest defeat by a Government since 1924.

The MEP then hit out at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for acting like a “naughty schoolboy” and refusing to renegotiate the Brexit deal.

MPs are expected to vote on Thursday to give the mandate to ask European leader to postpone Brexit at a summit in Brussels next week.

Mr Batten continued his furious rant and said: “In the UK we have a Government and a Parliament that does not want to leave the European Union and it intends to betray the democratic decision of the referendum.

“Now councillor Timmermans has expressed his exasperation with the UK in rejecting the EU’s deal. Mr Timmermans said that only the UK Parliament can give direction in this matter.

“But this is not so. The Council and Commission can give direction. When the Commons asked for an extension to Article 50 then you must reject it.

“Article 50 says that if no agreement is reached by the 29th March then the treaties automatically cease to apply.

“Do nothing and ensure that the UK is ejected from the European Union on the 29th March. Do yourselves a favour, do us a favour, and kick us out.”

Mr Batten then had his speech cut short when MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness said: “Thank you, colleagues. This debate is running over on time so I will have to be a little bit more strict with speakers.”

Mrs May lost a crucial vote on her deal on Tuesday night, with MPs voting by 391 to 242 against the deal.

Although the 149 margin was reduced from the record 230-vote defeat of the first “meaningful vote” in January, Mrs May was left far adrift from a majority with just 16 days to go to the scheduled date of Brexit on March 29.

With just hours before MPs voted to rule out a no deal Brexit under any circumstances, the Government ramped up plans for a no deal Brexit with plans for a temporary and unilateral regime, which would force up prices on EU imports including cars and many food products.

The proposals will not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving across the land border into Northern Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.



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