LONDON (Reuters) – If Prime Minister Theresa May permits Brexit to be watered down or halted by supporters of European Union membership, Britain will probably be thrust into its gravest constitutional disaster since World War Two, Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage stated.
Farage, who as UKIP chief satisfied Prime Minister Theresa May’s predecessor, David Cameron, to name the Brexit referendum after which helped lead the marketing campaign to depart the EU, stated Brexit was now in peril of being scuttled by the institution.
The 53-year-old former commodities dealer forged May, who voted to remain within the EU, as “Theresa the appeaser” for giving in to Brussels on nearly each aspect of Brexit negotiations and stated Britain was being humiliated by the EU.
“The best-case scenario right now under our current pathetic leadership is Brexit in name only – that is about as good as it gets,” Farage informed Reuters in his workplace a couple of metres from Westminster Abbey.
“At worst they are going to make us fight the whole thing again,” stated Farage. “That is a significant betrayal of what many millions voted for.”
In the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum, 51.9 %, or 17.four million folks, voted to depart the EU whereas 48.1 %, or 16.1 million, voted to remain.
Farage was as soon as ridiculed by Cameron because the chief of a bunch of “fruitcakes and loonies and closet racists”. A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, he revels – between jokes and cigarettes – within the function he performed in what he calls the “Brexit revolution”.
He dismissed worries from main banks equivalent to Goldman Sachs that the City of London may lose business on account of Brexit and forged the European Union as a doomed German-dominated experiment in European integration.
Since the referendum, supporters of EU membership have been exploring a spread of authorized and political strategies to forestall what they see as a colossal historic mistake.
May, whose government and occasion is split over Brexit, has simply eight months to strike a withdrawal cope with the EU however insists Britain will go away at 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019.
Opponents of Brexit try to garner sufficient help within the decrease home of parliament, the House of Commons, to dam any attainable withdrawal deal May brings again from Brussels in October.
“The real crunch point is ultimately going to be the meaningful vote in the House of Commons on whatever deal we get and that is the point at which it is not impossible to see this country plunged into a constitutional crisis,” Farage stated.
“The chances of this being the case get higher with every week that goes by,” he stated. “If the deal is rejected on a confidence motion, then you are looking at general elections or you are looking at another referendum.”
French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Donald Tusk have raised the prospect of Britain altering its thoughts on Brexit.
Among these who have referred to as for Brexit to be halted are former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and George Soros, who made an enormous fortune by betting towards the British pound in 1992.
Asked in regards to the three, Farage laughed: “If I was drafting a horror movie of what remainers look like, well here they are.”
SOROS OR RUSSIA?
Trump, he stated, was doing very nicely as president and described allegations of hyperlinks to Moscow as hysteria.
“This Russia inquiry is one of the biggest hoaxes we have seen in our lifetimes,” Farage stated, scoffing at claims about his personal hyperlinks to Russia or Russia’s supposed function in Brexit.
“It is complete and utter total complete rubbish,” he stated. “I may have drunk a vodka once but I have never been to Russia.”
Farage stated that as an alternative of Russia, Soros ought to be investigated. The Hungarian-born billionaire’s foundations have pledged massive sums to Best for Britain and different pro-EU teams.
“There does need to be an investigation into the extent that George Soros is undermining politics right across the Western world,” Farage stated.
“This is the biggest political campaigning organisation the world has ever seen and most people are in denial about it.”
He dismissed criticism from some British commentators that accusing Soros of a conspiracy had shades of anti-Semitism: “What? We cant criticise the man because he happened to come from a Jewish background? He is not Jewish – he is an atheist.”
A Soros spokesman declined to touch upon Farage’s remarks.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; enhancing by Andrew MacAskill and Andrew Roche