Brexit rebels are simply trying to slow down the process, claims Ukip MEP Gerard Batten

'EU and political establishment are doing what they can to overturn Brexit' claims UKIP MEP

Gerard Batten, UKIP's Brexit spokesperson and an MEP, spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the Government's defeat this week

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Ukip MEP has claimed the primary motive behind the Government's defeat in regard to the EU Withdrawal Bill was to "slow down and impede" the Brexit process. 

The Government was dealt a major blow over an amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve, supported by Tory rebels, to grant MPs a meaningful vote on the final deal extracted from the European Union.

The result dealt Theresa May a humiliating defeat as she prepared to attend the ongoing EU summit in Brussels.

Batten, an MEP for London and Brexit spokesperson for Ukip, said the motivation behind the rebellion and the wider defeat of the Government over the bill was to slow down and impede the overall withdrawal process.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "They’re doing everything they can to slow down and impede the process.

"I predicted all of this three years ago, I said if Leave managed to win, the EU and political establishment would do what they could to delay, impede, and overturn and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now.

"Our problem –  first of all we have a quisling House of Commons who doesn’t want to do it and we have a weak Prime Minster who is totally out of her depth, hasn’t got a clue and is a remainer anyway."

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