EU official brands Ann Widdecombe 'chief clown' of Brexit Party

Thursday, July 4, 2019

A senior EU official has branded Ann Widdecombe "chief clown" of the Brexit Party, after she gave a speech comparing Brexit to slaves rising up against their owners.

In her first address as an MEP at the European Parliament, Ms Widdecombe said: "There is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on their oppressors, slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons."

She then specifically called out the parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, when she referenced "colonies" rising "against their empires".

"And that is why Britain is leaving, and it doesn't matter which language you use: we are going, and we are glad to be going," she continued.

Mr Verhofstadt, was quick to express his distaste at her choice of phrasing in a Twitter post.

"Nigel Farage facing some stiff competition as chief clown of the Brexit Party in the @Europarl_EN [European Parliament]," he wrote.

"By the way, when Widdecombe talks about “colonies liberating themselves from their empires”, is she really referring to the American Revolution of 1776?."

He was not alone in critiquing Ms Widdecombe's address.

After the speech, Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: "Anne Widdecombe just compared Britain leaving the EU to "slaves" rising up "against their owners".

"It is impossible to explain how offensive and ahistorical it is for you to equate my ancestors tearing off their chains with your small-minded nationalist project. Shame on you."

However, not all feedback was negative.

Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes said her speech was "one of the best things I've seen all year", with fellow Brexit Party MEP Michael Heaver praising her for giving the EU "both barrels".

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