Nigel Farage has accused the EU of trying to halt Brexit because it fears the UK could become more prosperous outside the trading bloc.
The Brexit Party leader told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that Britain’s success was the EU’s “ultimate nightmare”.
“What they really fear here is that we become more competitive because it is a global economy and if we become more competitive there will be more investment coming into our country and we will be more prosperous than they are,” he said.
“That’s why the backstop was originally put into the Withdrawal Agreement. It was put there to try and keep us trapped inside the European Union’s customs union and single market.”
Mr Farage has raised concerns Boris Johnson could be “inches away” from a new deal being made, which would end the already slim chance of a Tory-Brexit Party election pact.
“I really think that Boris Johnson must not be allowed to get away with saying that the Withdrawal Agreement without the backstop is somehow Brexit, because it is not,” he said.
“That will be Brexit in name only and there would have to be a subsequent general election in which the Brexit Party would have to say ‘look we’re stuck, this doesn’t work, we have to undo Boris’s dreadful deal’.”
Earlier in the month the Brexit Party leader offered to join forces with the Conservatives at the next election if the government pursued a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Farage would stay away from seats held by leave-supporting Conservative MPs, and in return asked for the Conservatives to avoid running in 90 constituencies that supported the Brexit Party in the European elections.
However this was knocked back by Downing Street, which said: “The PM will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage”.