Nigel Farage has revealed that the British political class are “colluding” with European counterparts to stop Brexit after an email leak.
The former UKIP leader and now LBC host is still an MEP, Member of the European Parliament, and revealed an email from colleague Alyn Smyth, the anti-Brexit, left-wing, Scottish ‘nationalist’ SNP, sent to every politician in the 751 member European Parliament, persuading them to help Remainers in Britain delay and ultimately defeat Brexit.
“Despite our political differences, as UK MEPs we are united around one fact: if you wish to allow the UK to remain within our EU family, then all ways to do so will necessitate an extension of the Article 50 timetable,” Smith wrote.
“Whilst we acknowledge that many details of the next few months remain unclear, it is in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and respect that we ask you, our European friends, to start thinking about this possibility and be ready for this eventuality.”
It has also been revealed that Hans-Olaf Henkel, a German MEP and former head of the Federation of German Industry, had jumped at Smyth’s call, replying:
“I support everything which would avoid a Brexit, including anything which could delay it. Let me advise you that I have talked to both [European Commission] President [Jean-Claude] Juncker and to [Austrian] Chancellor [Sebastian] Kurz about our initiative.”
In his column for The Telegraph, Farage exclaimed that Smyth “and the 13 British MEPs who showed utter contempt for their own people in signing his letter, are conspiring with the Germans to make sure Britain cannot become competitive after Brexit.”
“I think their intention is to derail Article 50. I call that a collusion against democracy. And I believe they should all hang their heads in shame,” he concluded.
List of letter signatories in full:
* Alyn Smyth MEP (Scottish National Party)
* Catherine Bearder MEP (Liberal Democrats)
* Seb Dance MEP (Labour)
* Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru)
* John Howarth MEP (Labour)
* Wajid Khan MEP (Labour)
* Jude Kirton-Darling MEP (Labour)
* Jean Lambert MEP (Green Party)
* Clare Moody MEP (Labour)
* Molly Scott-Cato MEP (Green Party)
* Catherine Stihler MEP (Labour)
* Charles Tannock MEP (Conservative Party)
* Derek Vaughan MEP (Labour)
* Julie Ward MEP (Labour)
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