Nigel Farage roasted Brussels bureaucrats in a historic speech in front of the EU Parliament today, remarking, “You’re not laughing now, are you?”
As soon as Farage begin to speak, he was booed and heckled by EU bureaucrats, even to the point of forcing EU President Martin Schulz to remind them, “One major quality of democracy is that you listen to those even if you don’t share their views.”
“Isn’t it funny, you know when I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me – well I have to say – you’re not laughing now are you?” chided Farage.
The UKIP leader went on to assert that the European Union was “in denial” about its collapsing currency, its policy to impose poverty on the Mediterranean, and the overwhelming influx of migrants into the continent.
“But the biggest problem you’ve got and the main reason the United Kingdom voted the way that it did is you have – by stealth, by deception, without every telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe – you have imposed upon them a political union.”
Farage then made reference to how voters in the Netherlands, France and Ireland all rejected EU integration in national referendums, remarking, “You simply ignored them and brought the Lisbon Treaty in through the back door.”
Farage said that the UK’s decision to leave the EU was a “seismic result” for global politics because it represented a revolt on behalf of “the little people” to reclaim power and national sovereignty.
“The United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union,” predicted Farage.
Calling on the British government to quickly invoke article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and officially start the process of Britain leaving the EU, Farage said he would like to see a “grown up and sensible attitude” when it came to the EU and the UK working out a new trade deal.
“Now I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job,” Farage admonished the bureaucrats as the chorus of heckles grew louder.
Farage concluded his comments by noting that if the EU were to flippantly reject a new trade deal with the UK, “the consequences would be far worse for you than it would be for us….even no deal for the United Kingdom is better than the current rotten deal that we’ve got.”
He added that if the EU failed to strike a deal, jobs would be at risk in Germany and that Brussels should act responsibly and allow the UK to “pursue our global ambitions and future.”
Farage was followed by French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who remarked that the Brexit vote illustrated “how beautiful history is when liberty succeeds.”
“Put away those sulky faces, put away those angry looks and rejoice in the free and great emancipation” of the British people, said Le Pen.
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