Nigel Farage complains that offer of Brexit extension is being taken away

PUBLISHED: 13:09 17 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:39 17 October 2019

Nigel Farage outside Brussels. Photograph: LBC.

Nigel Farage outside Brussels. Photograph: LBC.

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Nigel Farage has complained that the EU has taken away the offer of a Brexit extension, which he says is now more preferable to Boris Johnson's deal.

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The Brexit Party leader said Boris Johnson's plans were "not Brexit" because the deal will still mean "regulatory alignment with the European Union".

He told the BBC: "That means we will not be making our own laws in our own country, on employment regulations, the environment and many other things."

He said the prime minister had "done the easy bit over the last three years" - despite the fact it may not get passed - and "the next bit will be even harder".

He continued: "It binds us in on so many other commitments on foreign policy, on military policy, a list as long as your arms."

Farage called on parliament to reject the deal, adding the best way out "would be a clean break", but he acknowledged that could not be achieved by October 31st.

Instead he said he could stomach another extension - despite his organisation previously calling on the EU to ignore British parliamentary sovereignty over the extension request.

He said: "I would very much like us to leave on 31st October but I understand that the Benn act has been passed and that makes it impossible".

"But would I accept a new European treaty that is frankly very bad for us, or would I prefer to have an extension and a general election I will always go for the latter option."

After news that
Jean Claude-Juncker had ruled out a Brexit extension, he took to Twitter to complain that the EU was "overriding the Benn act".

Calling the EU "appalling people", he said: "So an unelected, retiring bureaucrat says: No extension, take this new treaty or just leave.

"He is overriding the Benn Act. The EU shows itself to be a thuggocracy - power without accountability."

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