Nigel Farage: Why we must never make a bad deal with the EU – our resolve is tested | Express commentary | Comment


Why we must never make a bad deal with the EU (Image: Getty)

At the stroke of 11 p.m., as tens of thousands of us gathered in Parliament Square, the UK left the European Union.For me, it was like the culmination of a battle I had been engaged in for over 25 years, which without the support of the Express Newspapers would never have happened. My feelings of optimism and joy were so high that night.

Yet now, after months of stalled negotiations, our resolve is being tested as the job is not yet done.

We need to make sure that when we complete the withdrawal process on December 31, we are totally free from EU rules. Anything less would be a betrayal of the referendum vote and the huge general election victory.

I hope that in the weeks and months to come many big companies will continue their campaign telling us that the single market and the customs union have brought us enormous economic success.

They will pressure us to continue to observe these rules. But if we took the weak and cowardly path, we would undoubtedly be in a worse economic situation than that of the EU.

We should accept all the rules that are made without having any influence of any kind. We would probably have to continue paying money to be part of this club.

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Union on Brexit (Image: Getty)

It would only be Brexit in name.

Boris Johnson’s big commitment to the country was to complete Brexit and in the coming months.

Not only its historical legacy, but also confidence in our entire democratic system is at stake.

In the last two weeks of the 2016 referendum, after long meetings with economists, I found the phrase that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, and this is also true today than at the time.

But those with whom we are negotiating from the European Union should know that unlike in Mrs May’s time, when we say it, we absolutely mean it.

I have a certain sympathy for Michel Barnier’s position.

He is angry that the deal that was signed in Brussels last October was effectively reneged on by Johnson.

Boris Johnson's big commitment to the country was to accomplish Brexit and in the coming months

Boris Johnson’s big commitment to the country was to accomplish Brexit and in the coming months (Image: Getty)

But, in a democracy, this is the last decision that matters and for the public who went to the polls in December, Johnson made it clear that we would have no form of regulatory alignment.

Whether Barnier likes it or not, the British therefore voted overwhelmingly for us to leave the EU regulation.

Despite all my criticisms of the Conservative Party over the decades, I have to say that I was delighted with the actions and comments of our chief negotiator David Frost.

After all the disappointments that Olly Robbins has brought to us, it is heartwarming to hear Frost say over and over again that we have to make a deal on the basis of our independence.

Its biggest test is yet to come.

The realistic deadline for these negotiations is October, as any deal negotiated and approved will need to be ratified by the parliaments of EU member states.

Frost will take on the EU, which now feels a little stronger than it was after the agreement was reached for a Covid-19 package to help countries in the South that have been badly affected.

He will face an EU which, through Chancellor Merkel and President Macron, feels their project is back on track. But ultimately, Frost must stay true to his word.

And that is why the time has come for us to push full steam ahead to prepare for what is known as the “no-deal”, or what the government has so far chosen to call a “deal.” to Australia ”.

This would mean trade on the terms of the World Trade Organization.

We have to move forward because this is the only way for the EU to come to its senses.

They need to know we mean it. If Johnson were to fall to this last hurdle, he would find that the large number of voters in the north who gave him his majority, in fact lent their votes only to the Conservative Party, and that they would drop him. Politically, I think he has absolutely no choice.

We must move forward because this is the only way for the EU to come to its senses

We must move forward because this is the only way for the EU to come to its senses (Image: Getty)

We must never forget for a single moment the huge world outside the EU.

Eighty-five percent of the global economy is outside the euro area, and Brexit is our real opportunity to engage with the rest of the world.

Time is running out now and even if leaving on what is known as the no-deal leads to short-term disruption and economic costs, it will be nothing compared to what the UK economy suffers from the coronavirus.

The referendum was a decisive moment in the history of our islands. It was the moment when we chose to be free.

If economic considerations are important, democracy is even more important. I have no doubts that Frost and Johnson will strike the right deal and, as the EU knows we are very determined to go our own way if a reasonable deal cannot be reached, the chances of getting a good deal are even better. .

The world will suffer from the effects of the coronavirus perhaps for many years to come, but the UK’s best hope to emerge confident and strong is that we are out of this failed project.


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