Brexit Minister filmed spouting ultra-Hard Brexit ‘nonsense’ and calling for the EU to be ‘torn down’

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A new Brexit Minister called for the European Union to be 'torn down' in a speech to a right-wing think tank.

Steve Baker told the Libertarian Alliance: 'I think UKIP and the Better Off Out campaign lack ambition. I think the European Union needs to be wholly torn down.' (03:37)

He added that the EU was an 'obstacle' to world peace and 'incompatible' with a free society.

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The outburst, made in 2010, will raise serious questions about Theresa May's judgement in appointing Baker and could prove embarrassing during negotiations.

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One fellow Tory Leaver told The New European: 'I want out of the EU – but to suggest it has been an obstacle to world peace is nonsense of the highest order.

'What we should be trying to negotiate is a sensible Brexit that works for both parties. This kind of rhetoric will not go down well in Brussels and beyond.'

In the video, first published by The Independent, Baker adds: 'If we wish to devolve power to the lowest possible level, make it accountable and move on into a free society, then it's clearly incompatible. (04:24)

'What I want is free trade and peace among all the nations of Europe as well as the world and in my view the European Union is an obstacle to that.' (04:28)

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