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‘We are leaving the EU just in the nick of time’: Nigel Farage responds to Telegraph readers’ comments

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Writing for The Telegraph this week, Nigel Farage rejoiced that the UK was leaving the EU “just in the nick of time,” after Jean-Claude Juncker laid out a plan that could see veto rights removed from every country over the union’s foreign policy. 

“Even the most fanatical of European federalists could not believe their ears,” suggested Farage, as he ripped into the plan which he described as “the death of nation state democracy in Europe.”

His comments ​ prompted a huge response from Telegraph readers, gathering more than 1500 comments in a matter of hours, so we decided to put the top five to the man himself.

Here’s how the former UKIP leader responded.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker CREDIT:  CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS

Comment from Stevie Gee: Oh, brave Sir Nigel, fighting for democracy whilst a sick London politicomedia class try and snuff it out in this country.

Awakenings will happen in Eastern Europe soon enough. They are our true European allies, we just couldn’t cope with 500 years worth of immigration in 15 years. I hope they realise that and they too flee the yoke as soon as they can.​

Nigel Farage says: The Prime Ministers of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were described by Andrew Marr recently as making Nigel Farage look like a Foreign Office diplomat. I don’t think it matters how much they’re threatened by Juncker, the ECJ and the bully boys in Brussels. These countries have only enjoyed their independence for a very short number of years and they will, in my view, whether now or some point in the short future, stand up totally to European Union domination. This gives David Davis and the negotiating team yet another massive opportunity in the Brexit negotiations. The idea that this is 27 Vs. 1 needs to be broken.

Comment from Douglas Hartley: I wonder if you took a poll of Remainers and asked them if they knew that this was they were voting for , what the answer would be ??

Surely the majority would become Leavers or am I being naive ?

Nigel Farage says: The 48% of which we hear so much about from Gina Miller and others has in fact shrunk considerably since the referendum. Recent opinion polls consistently show between 68-70% now want us to get on with Brexit. Many voted Remain because of the sheer scale of project fear, plus worries about their house prices, mortgages or their businesses. They can now see that not only were the dire threats given by Cameron and the vile Osborne clearly untrue, but that every assurance that was given by the Remain campaign that they were voting for a status quo relationship was simply was not true. I believe Juncker’s speech yesterday killed off any possibility that a second referendum would result in any reversal of that glorious result of June 23rd 2016.

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage CREDIT:  PATRICK SEEGER/EPA

Comment from Marcus Leach: What is startling is the arrogance. 

He outlines an agenda that would involve a massive transfer and centralisation of power away from sovereign countries without any notion of consulting the people of Europe on what they want a future EU to look like.

The EU, it seems, intends to progress in the manner it has used to get it this far: deceit, bullying, and never giving the people a chance to object.

Frankly, I don’t think that is going to wash anymore and I see nothing but conflict an impasse ahead.

Nigel Farage says: My biggest concern about the Juncker plan is the wilful attempt to fund pro-EU transnational parties and withhold money from those who hold an opposing opinion. My ultimate concern is that if people don’t have an opportunity to voice their objections through genuinely democratic and legitimate means, they will seek other ways of doing so. So yes, I am worried that at some point in the future, if the noose is tightened around national democracies and the ability of individual voters, this could turn very ugly indeed.

Comment from Richard Cooper: I fear the EU may provoke a war with Russia on the assumption that NATO will back them.  Heaven forbid!

In the last century we were dragged into two terrible wars by the French, and it cost us an empire.

If the EU goes ahead with an EU army we should try to detach NATO from the megalomaniacs in Brussels. Let the French and Germans fight their own wars from now on.

Nigel Farage says: The idea that you can have a joint military command within Europe in both NATO and the new emerging EU structure is about as about as realistic as company operating under joint managing directors. Life simply doesn’t work like that. What I know from my 18 years inside the European Union is that anti-Americanism is very deep indeed. Juncker hates NATO despite everything he said yesterday, which is why in response to Donald Trump saying national states must pay 2% he said 1% may in many cases is acceptable. This is a direct challenge to NATO, an organisation which whilst may be somewhat outdated has served us very well in the past. I’m also deeply concerned about the arguments now been given that post-Brexit, the United Kingdom will be part of the EU’s military structures. The ‘wise’ old hands tell me it is all about influence, but then, we’ve heard that argument before.

Comment from Kevin Smith: After this. are the Bremainer MPs in Westminster still going to try and keep us in the Single Market & Customs Union? And if so do they expect to win their seats at the next G.E.?

Nigel Farage says: Any lingering doubts that we might be forced in a second referendum to stay inside the European Union are now dead. However, the shape of the deal is as yet uncertain. My own reading at this moment in time is that Juncker and Barnier are doing their damnedest to make sure that a genuine Free Trade Agreement cannot happen with the United Kingdom without being inside of the EU’s political structures. Whether we stay within the single market and customs union for a short or longer term depends on the courage of our government to realise how strong the cards are that we hold in this negotiation.

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