Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Barnier 'STILL doesn't understand Brexit' blasts Farage – pair go head to head in Brussels


met the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels today and was left angry and unimpressed. 

Mr Farage said still didn’t understand why Britain had voted to leave the EU, despite months of negotiations and discussions. 

The former Ukip leader also said Mr Barnier failed to appreciate the importance immigration had as a factor in the vote.

Mr Farage said: “He’s got the view it’s because people have been promised a lot of money for the health service. What he really didn’t understand at all was that open door immigration within the European Union absolute key driver of all of this. He really doesn’t see that. 

“To be honest the really disappointing thing, if I’m speaking on behalf of 17.4 million people, most of them anyway, is that it’s pretty clear in the talks that have happened so far, immigration really hasn’t been discussed.

“I think what I said to him today, when it came to business – that if they were prepared to offer us a tariff-free deal on goods but not to be cooperative when it comes to services and financial services – that he might be in for a surprise. 

“It’s easier for everybody if we have a good trade arrangement with the European Union. But it’s pointless and fruitless to spend years pursuing something I’m not sure he even wants to give us.

“Phase 1 has ended, the British government has made some huge concessions. We have given an awful lot away already. Now we move onto phase 2. 

“Now it’s time for the EU to give a bit back on services and financial services. 

“I’m not sure he wants to give too much on that. It’s going to be very difficult.”

READ MORE: Barnier aide issues sly dig at Farage

In the lead-up to the meeting, Mr Farage had asked listeners of his LBC Radio show to help him choose questions to ask Mr Barnier. 

The three he chose were:

  • “Does Michel Barnier understand why Britain voted for Brexit?”
  • “What happens to the EU’s economy if there’s no trade deal with Britain?”
  • “How does Michel Barnier view mass migration into the EU coming across the Mediterranean and elsewhere?” 

Before the meeting he said he would be speaking on behalf of the 17.4 million Leave voters. 

He said yesterday: “My concern is the 17.4 million have not had their voices heard – I will endeavour to start a process of doing that tomorrow.”

This is a developing story, more to follow… 


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