Brexit Party MEP: 'Hard to imagine better outcome than PM’s deal'

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Brexit Party MEP said the UK “could get a very good deal” under Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, despite party leader Nigel Farage opposing them.

John Longworth told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think Nigel’s pursuing a very principled line that, actually, this is not an ideal deal.

“But the fact of the matter is I find it very, very difficult to imagine a scenario in the future where we will get a better outcome.”

The Prime Minister is hoping to get MPs to vote through his deal today, after an amendment passed at the weekend postponed its approval.

Mr Farage has criticised the new deal as “not Brexit” and has said he would rather a deadline extension and general election than see Mr Johnson’s plan pass through Parliament.

However, Mr Longworth said that while Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement was “worse that remaining”, Mr Johnson’s arrangement is “better than remaining”.

The former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce maintained that the deal reached with the EU had “significant issues”, including the transition period and the cost of leaving.

But he continued: “Having said all that, the rest of the political declaration is entirely negotiable and in any free trade arrangement that we would have had with the EU anyway, we would have had to negotiate so it’s quite possible that we could get a very good deal out of this.”

Mr Longworth went on to condemn those he believes are “undermining the will of the people and undermining democracy” – blaming a “usurper Parliament” and an “activist Supreme Court”.

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