Author: DARREN HUNT
NIGEL FARAGE thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a passionate speech in the European Parliament claiming her failed policies regarding immigration helped to get Brexit “over the line”.
Farage THANKS Merkel for getting Brexit ‘over the line’
Former Ukip leader and chair of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament, Nigel Farage, thanked the German Chancellor for helping secure Brexit. Mr Farage claimed that Angela Merkel’s controversial 2015 immigration policy, where more than one million migrants entered Germany, helped to get Brexit “over the line”. Addressing the German Chancellor, Mr Farage said: “Mrs Merkel, many of my eurosceptic colleagues have been booing you, this morning, but they shouldn’t be in a way because the British should be cheering you.
“Without you, we would never have made it over the line with Brexit, and I want to thank you very much for that.”
He added: “Of course, many of these eurosceptic groups on the right, centre and the left will come back here after the next European elections will come back here in huge numbers, directly as a result of your immigration and asylum policy.
“You’re ‘we can cope’ led to a huge migrant tide, indeed a stampede that came across the Mediterranean. Young men, coming from very different cultures who were not going to integrate.
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“Young men, none of whom, would have qualified as being genuine refugees, and I think in many ways we looked at it in the referendum and we said ‘we don’t want to be part of an increasingly German-dominated European Union and we certainly don’t want to pay the price for Mrs Merkel’s errors.”
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Without you, we would never have made it over the line with Brexit
The British MEP also criticised the move towards a European army claiming cutting ties with the Brussels bloc was now seen as a “liberation”.
He said: “I believe having heard you today, and listening to senior French politicians over the last couple of days, that for us, leaving the European Union is now indeed a liberation.
“It’s a European Union that we are now to be told to become an empire, a militarised European Union, an undemocratic European Union, a European Union that seeks to continually expand to the east.
“A European Union that has launched a new cold war against the United States of America.
“A European Union that tries to re-write history and I think 100-years on from the Armistice, we should be genuinely worried.
“The idea that this new militarised Union is somehow a recipe for peace, I suggest you all sit back and think a little more carefully.”
Mr Farage also claimed the European Union was set up to “stop German domination”. He said: “What you have seen today is a naked take-over bid.”
The German Chancellor delivered a statement as part of a so-called ‘Future of Europe’ debate, where EU leaders are invited to Strasbourg to deliver a speech on their outlook for the bloc.
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Mrs Merkel was given a standing ovation by MEP’s when she entered the chamber with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani.
During herspeech, Mrs Merkel described Brexit as a “deep wound”. She said: “The United Kingdom is a country that is soon leaving, this is a deep wound.”
Mrs Merkel also commented on her controversial immigration policy in 2015. She said: “Took far too long, to realise the issue of refugees was an issue for the whole of Europe and not just Germany.”
Commenting on President Macron’s calls for a “real European army”, Mrs Merkel said: “We have to look at the vision of one day creating a real true European army.
“I am not saying anything against NATO, we can be a supplement to NATO.”
The German Chancellor announced last month that she was stepping down and would not seek re-election as Chancellor when her term ends in 2021.