Prime Minister Theresa May today made a statement to Parliament, updating it on the state of Brexit negotiations. No real progress marked the previous week after meetings with the European Commission and the Irish Government. Mrs May once again reiterated opposition to Jeremy Corbyn's call for membership of the Customs Union.
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said,
"It is all too clear that Mrs May is playing for time. She knows that her Withdrawal Agreement is long dead in the water, and she will never get a majority in Parliament to back it, even with changes made that the EU has refused to consider anyway.
"Britain is on course to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, and Mrs May said that no deal is better than a bad deal. If she truly believes that then why is she still running around looking for the mythical 'good' deal?
"I fear that this political paralysis is being used to justify an extension of Article 50 beyond March 29th. An extension would mean a European Parliament election in May, and I can assure the Prime Minister that UKIP, the authentic party of Brexit, is ready to contest it. The Tories will be wiped off the European electoral map should they fail to deliver full and unencumbered exit from the European Union on March 29."