Crowd in stitches as Farage mocks Juncker at Brexit Party rally in London  – News 247

Crowd in stitches as Farage mocks Juncker at Brexit Party rally in London – News 247


 The Brexit Party leader said it was “smiles all around” in Brussels yesterday, following the announcement Boris Johnson had agreed his Brexit deal with the EU Nigel Farage then warned the UK “may not have got the agreement that we actually want” Speaking at the rally in Westminster, Mr Farage said: “With all the talk of no deal, as he calls it, or a clean-break Brexit as we call it in the Brexit Party  “But I think all of that was really a negotiating position. He’s made it very, very clear that he wants to have a close and special partnership with the European Union  “And it led to the events in Brussels yesterday, it was smiles all around in Brussels yesterday Mr Juncker was smiling even more than he usually does in the afternoons.” The crowd laughed before the Brexit Party leader continued: “But they were all backslapping and very, very happy  “Now I would suggest to you that if even Guy Verhofstadt can force a smile, we may not have got the agreement that we actually want And I really do believe that very strongly.”  Boris Johnson faces an uphill challenge in the Commons on Saturday with MPs on all sides of the Opposition benches pledging to vote against his Brexit proposal  Crucial to the cross-party alliance will be the 28 so-called “Spartan” hard-liners in the European Research Group of Tories who refused to back Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in her three attempts to pass the measure  They will be closely studying the fine print of the new documents while weighing up their consciences – and the potential threat of losing the Tory whip forever – before making their decision  Mr Johnson will also have to reach out to the 21 Tory rebels that he punished by withdrawing the party whip from them after they backed backbench legislation designed to stop a no-deal Brexit  Again, the signs were positive yesterday when rebel ringleader Sir Oliver Letwin indicated his willingness to come on board  But his biggest challenge will be to try to persuade up to 30 Labour MPs representing Leave-voting constituencies to defy their leader Jeremy Corbyn and back his deal  Many Labour MPs are appalled at the prospect of a no deal Brexit and know their constituents want the issue sorted out    Trending  They will also fear that helping the Prime Minister pass his deal will greatly improve his chances of winning the next general election  Jeremy Corbyn said in the letter he expected MPs to vote against the deal secured by Mr Johnson, before adding at the end of the note a reminder of the “shared Labour values of dignity and respect”  The final paragraph reads in full: “Brexit has divided the nation. In both remain and leave seats, colleagues are under huge pressure  “I would urge colleagues to please maintain our shared Labour values of dignity and respect as we go into this crucial debate tomorrow ” Meanwhile, the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has tabled an amendment to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal in a bid to force the Prime Minister to secure an extension and call a general election  Mr Blackford said opposition parties need to “quit dithering, back our amendment, and finally act to bring this appalling Tory government down and stop Brexit”

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