Nigel Farage heckled over 'mafia' remark to MEPs

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

"London thinks we find a flawless deal which means we take the positive points and leave the negative points".

The EPP's leader, Manfred Weber of Germany, told the assembly that "we want a fair and constructive atmosphere", but warned that Britain can not get a better deal by leaving the bloc, instead of staying inside. "We are not. We are free to go", he said, triggering cries of indignation and jeers from many of his fellow MEPs.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, an Italian MEP, demanded that Farage retract his "unacceptable" comments.

"I do understand, sir, Mr. President, I do understand national sensitivities", responded Farage.

"I am not saying we disagree with everything, just on certain essential points", said Helga Stevens, a British Conservative MEP (ECR group).

The British government would want to have an exit talks and discussions in future trade arrangements to happen in parallel.

But they omitted any mention of the flashpoint issue of Gibraltar, unlike Tusk's guidelines which said that Spain should have the final say over whether any eventual trade deal applies to the British outcrop.

Speaking during a trip to the Middle East Mrs May said there would need to be an "implementation period" after any deal was struck, to allow businesses and governments a "period of time" to adjust to any new restrictions.

He said: "If we have a chance to reverse this negative process, we will find allies".

MEP Jonathan Arnott said: "We believe that the United Kingdom has the legal right to begin negotiations towards a trade agreement with third countries and that's our amendment".

The former Ukip leader, who still heads the right-wing Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy grouping in Brussels, said that MEPs' red lines for the upcoming negotiations - which were passed in a vote today - were akin to a "ransom demand".

Leader of the EPP group of centre-right MEPs, Germany's Manfred Weber, told the Parliament that the United Kingdom could not simply pick and choose areas such as security, scientific collaboration and free trade where it wanted to co-operate with the remaining 27 member states.

The motion also recognised the vote in Scotland to remain within the European Union.

A European Parliament motion passed on Wednesday refers to "the absolute need to ensure continuity and stability of the Northern Ireland peace process".

The demands the European Parliament will insist upon to approve any Brexit deal are to be decided by MEPs as they thrash out their red lines for a withdrawal agreement.

Mr Tagani has made it clear the European Parliament is prepared to use its veto on any deal if it is unhappy with the outcome.

The majority of group leaders also underlined that whereas it was important for the talks to take place in a serene atmosphere, the European Union 27 would need to remain united and strongly defend their own interests.

Commission president Juncker said the UK's exit from the EU would lead to the birth of a new bloc of 27 "already up and running and functioning [and] continue to build the European project with renewed energy".

He also warned Britain that there would be no cherry picking once it leaves the EU.

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