Nigel Farage has said he predicts Theresa May will get a “walloping” in the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal, and reiterated his desire for a “self-governing” nation.
“When Article 50 got voted for two years ago, the wording was very clear - we’ve got two years to negotiate a withdrawal agreement or, and I quote, failing that, we just leave,” the former UKIP leader told Eamonn Holmes on talkRADIO.
“Today was the day I hoped we’d be celebrating a good deal that would get us our independence but at the same time, maintain trading with Europe.
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“Clearly, what she’s come back with is worse than EU membership so it’s a sad day in that respect.
“She’s going to get a hell of a walloping tonight. She will go hotfootting back to Brussels tonight or tomorrow morning for big concessions.
“She’ll get some nice warm words but not more than that. I feel that we’re heading for a stalemate.”
'The Prime Minister wants us half in and half out'
Mr Farage said his aim had always been to secure a “simple free trade agreement” ever since he joined UKIP as a founding member in 1993.
“The problem is the Prime Minister didn’t want a simple free trade agreement, she wanted to keep us half in and half out,” he said.
“We haven’t really pursued what Brexiteers wanted. Every single leading Brexiteer agreed that we should leave the single market and leave the customs union. On that, there was unanimity amongst the big players.”
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He added that he didn’t believe economic forecasts saying a no deal exit from the EU would have a negative effect on the UK to be correct.
“I heard from people, not joining the Euro would cost us jobs. Those same people who got it wrong are now saying we should stay part of the customs union in case it costs us jobs. They’ve got a track record of getting it wrong,” he said.
“What if it did cost us jobs, would you have that on your conscience?” asked Holmes.
“I tell you what I do have on my conscience - that we are a free, independent nation not governed by unelected old men like Jean-Claude Juncker who don’t like us very much,” Mr Farage replied.
“Theresa May does not believe we should be an independent nation. I’ve been called all the names under the sun for years. I’ve been physically, violently attacked. I’ve had property, cars written off. I’ve had my children attacked. When all of that happened, there wasn’t a single arrest, because I was outside the mainstream. I’ve always conducted this debate on civil terms.”
Co-presenter John Nicolson then challenged Mr Farage about his infamous 2016 immigration poster, which depicted a queue of migrants and the words “breaking point”.
The poster was accused at the time of looking similar to Nazi propaganda videos.
“It was a photograph of the truth,” argued Mr Farage.
“It was vile. It kicked off a nasty, poisonous atmosphere,” said Nicolson.
“That’s why the whole of European politics is now changing,” Mr Farage replied.
“Look at France, look at Germany. What’s happening is, people are saying, ‘whoa, hold on a second. We want to make our own decisions about our borders and what we do as nation states’.
“That’s the great battle across the whole Western world, do you want to be part of big globalist blocs where decisions get made somewhere else, or do you want to be in charge of your own affairs?
“I would argue, actually, long-term, nation state democracy across the whole of Europe is a better, more stable model for the future, and I want us to be the role models.”