Nigel Farage has slammed the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal as a ‘reheated’ version of Theresa May’s ‘appalling’ agreement – as he urges MPs to reject it today.
The Brexit Party leader, who favours a No Deal exit, is advocating a ‘clean-break’ from the European Union and claims the current deal will not respect the referendum result.
It comes as Boris Johnson last night urged MPs to back his Brexit deal as he continued a last-ditch push to win over Tory Spartans, ex-rebels and Labour backbenchers.
There will be an extraordinary sitting of Parliament today – the first on a weekend since April 1982 – to discuss the new Brexit deal.
But Mr Farage, taking out an advertisement in The Daily Telegraph, said: ‘Mr Johnson plans to reheat most of Theresa May’s appalling withdrawal agreement.
‘Mrs Mays deal would imprison Britain under EU rules with no vote, no voice, no veto – and no way out’.
He added that the Prime Minister claims his deal is different due to the removal of the Irish backstop and its freeing the UK from the EU customs union – but he said that was ‘not nearly good enough’.
‘Boris’ reheated deal means the UK will still be trapped under EU rules on everything from state aid and taxation to fishing,’ he said.
‘European laws can still overule our laws, we’ll be tied to EU military and foreign policy, and paying at least £39bn for the privilege.’
The Brexit Party leader (pictured at a Brexit Party rally in London yesterday), who favours a No Deal exit, is advocating a ‘clean-break’ from the European Union and claims the current deal will not respect the referendum result
The PM (pictured in Brussels on Thursday) has insisted his deal was the best divorce agreement possible as he told the BBC yesterday: ‘There’s no better outcome than the one I’m advocating tomorrow.’
Mr Farage said that should MPs vote for the deal, they’ll lock the UK in a transition period for more than three years.
But the PM insisted his deal was the best divorce agreement possible as he told the BBC yesterday: ‘There’s no better outcome than the one I’m advocating tomorrow.’
It comes as Nigel Farage blasted Mr Johnson’s deal on the eve of the crunch parliament vote at a Brexit Party event yesterday evening.
The Brexiteer took to the stage and savaged the deal the PM managed to agree with Brussels on Thursday, saying ‘this is not what we voted for.’
Mr Farage was joined at the Westminster by other prominent Leave figures, including former Tory grandee and now Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe and Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin.
Mr Farage said: ‘If we sign up to this and head down this new negotiation and if the prime minister wants to succeed, then we would never ever able to become more competitive than our European neighbours.
Nigel Farage took to the stage and savaged the deal the PM managed to agree with Brussels on Thursday, saying ‘this is not what we voted for’
Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe speaking during the Brexit Party event this evening
‘Never able to seek that opportunity of becoming richer and more successful. And what it means, is that in vast swatches of our national life we will not be making our own laws, for our own people, in our own industries, will have to conform to European Union laws.
‘And this ladies and gentlemen, this is not Brexit, this is not what we voted for, and this is not good enough.’
Mr Farage also suggested he would ‘much rather have an extension’ than support Mr Johnson’s deal.
Ms Widdecombe took to the stage and said she ‘used to be a member of a certain party’ to raucous applause.
The MEP continued: ‘It was called the Conservative Party, quite what is it conserving at the moment, certainly not the union if we’re going to have a border down the Irish Sea.
Wetherspoons pub founder Tim Martin talks at the Brexit Party rally in Westminster this evening
‘It certainly doesn’t want to conserve what’s left of our independence in this country let alone to make sure that we really are, free and independent.
‘That our children and our childrens’ children are free and independent and that we do not betray the legacy of those who a few decades ago fought in Europe for that very independence and freedom.’
And Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin, a long time supporter of Brexit said that once No Deal was taken ‘off the table, where’s the bargaining power?’
Mr Martin added a No Deal Brexit meant the country could ‘regain control of fishing’ in a couple of weeks.
Even if a deal was passed tomorrow he said: ‘Every step of the way, The Brexit Party will ensure that we’re not sold down the river.’