Ann Widdecombe stunned MEPs in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg on Thursday sparking huge applause from her Leave-backing colleagues. Nigel Farage smirked throughout the Brexit Party’s MEPs impassioned speech as Widdecombe ripped into the “undemocratic” Brussels bloc. Ms Widdecombe insisted the UK would be leaving the European Union and that “we are glad to be going”.
One Brexit Party MEP claimed she had “tears in her eyes” following the epic moment in the European Parliament.
Alexandra Philips, MEP for the South East Tweeted: “Tears in my eyes. She represents the ignored majority. Brave and principled. Our Ann.”
Michael Heaver, Brexit Party MEP for the East of England, added: “Ann Widdecombe gives them both barrels in the EU Parliament.”
Dr David Bull wrote: “Widdecombe speaks for the 17.4 million who voted to leave. ‘We’re off!’”
Later in the European Parliament chamber, Martin Horwood, the Lib Dem MEP for South West & Gibraltar, said he would not “turn his back” on Europe.
In a speech, he said: “Can I tell you Mr President. That what you heard from that back corner does not represent the views of everyone in the UK.”
The remark sparked fury among the Brexit Party MEPs who were seen banging their desks and shouting back at the Lib Dem.
Mr Farage’s party sparked fury after they turned their backs on the European Union’s anthem ‘Ode to Joy’ on Tuesday morning.
The speech from Ms Widdecombe comes after the European Union were accused of “backroom deals” as Germany’s defence minister Von der Leyen was nominated to become the next European Commission President.
“It is right because there is pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors. Slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons, colonies, Mr Verhofstadt, against their empires and that is why Britain is leaving.
“It doesn’t matter which language you use, we are going and we are glad to be going.
“I represent the southwest of the United Kingdom. And I found on my very first day that this place has decided, well this place hasn’t, the powers that be have decided to actually increase the size of fisherman’s meshes, thereby reducing their income by 40 percent.
“That is what you do here. That is why we are going. Nous allons, wir gehen, we’re off.”
Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:44:00 +0000