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Gerard Batten MEP appointed UKIP Spokesman on Brexit


Published Nov 29, 2016

gerardbattenrole.jpgGerard Batten MEP said, "I am very happy that Paul Nuttall has announced my appointment as the Party Spokesman on Brexit.

"In this role I will describe how Britain can and must leave the European Union as quickly and cleanly as possible.

"I want UKIP to stop talking about Brexit and to start talking about Exit! We don't want a 'hard' or 'soft' Brexit but a democratic and speedy exit. The result of the Referendum must be respected and enacted without delay.

"Theresa May and her Tory Government cannot be trusted to deliver our withdrawal from the EU. She was a Remainer who heads a predominantly Remain government.

"If she were genuine about delivering Brexit she would have triggered Article 50 the moment she became Prime Minister. Instead nothing has been done in the last five months, and there are no plans for the next four. Then we will face at least another two years of protracted negotiations. Under Article 50 they could be extended for years to come.

"Mrs May's strategy is to delay and delay the whole process in order to fudge it and to try and foist on us a 'Norwegian or Swiss' type EU model whereby we continue to pay money to the EU, obey a large percentage of its laws, and have open borders. In which case we would not have left the European Union at all.

"UKIP's policy will be to reject Article 50. Rather, we will call for Parliament to repeal the European Communities Act (1972) immediately as the first step in the process: this will restore law-making supremacy to the UK Parliament and put the British Government in the driving seat of negotiations not the EU.

"I will work closely with the Party Leader and our various Spokesmen on the issues arising from our Exit from the European Union."

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said, "As a founding member of UKIP, Gerard’s commitment to seeing Britain leave the EU is second to none.

"He has been looking at the mechanisms for Brexit and how to get the best deal for years and his technical knowledge and dogged determination will be invaluable as we ensure the government sees through a clean Exit from the EU."

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