Nigel Farage hits out at ‘appalling’ EU chief for suggesting he won’t let Britain stay longer
Nigel Farage has taken an almighty sledgehammer to the cliché that whatever the Brexit saga brings next, it has lost its ability to shock.
The former Ukip leader, who arguably pushed David Cameron into holding the referendum in the first place, has stunned possibly everyone but himself in condemning the EU for saying it won't let the UK stay for longer.
It comes after Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal reached between the UK and EU on Wednesday meant there would not be "any kind of prolongation" to Brexit and that "it has to be done now".
But Farage, who is so pro-Brexit that he now leads a party called “The Brexit Party”, was not having Brussels “overriding the Benn Act” brought in by Remainer MPs last month.
The legislation, which has been branded the “Surrender Act” and a “betrayal” by Leavers, including Boris Johnson, obliges the PM to ask for an extension until January if he fails to strike a deal by Saturday.
Mr Farage, who has spent recent months campaigning for a "clean break Brexit" on 31 October, Tweeted: "So an unelected, retiring bureaucrat says: No extension, take this new treaty or just leave. He is overriding the Benn Act.
"The EU shows itself to be a thuggocracy - power without accountability. Appalling people."
He had earlier told the BBC that he would prefer an extension, and the general election that would follow, rather than the new treaty being backed by MPs on Saturday.
Both comments came hot on the heels of a response to a caller on his LBC show on Tuesday, where he raged: “How many more times are the public supposed to put up with a can being kicked down the road?”
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