UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has thanked European Commission President Barroso for making it clear that David Cameron is wrong when he says we can restrict free movement and still remain members of the EU adding Cameron “was deceiving the British people and you made it clear”. Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP and Co-President of the European of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) in the European Parliament, was back in his front row seat at the parliament after his eurosceptic EFDD group defeated attempts by the eurofanatic leadership of the parliament to disband them and take away their speaking rights.
The victory of the group meant that the German Socialist President of the Parliament, Martin Schulz, who last week was accused by Nigel Farage of “manipulative backroom politics of the worst kind,” was forced to introduce “EFDD Mr Farage” to address the parliament. Farage rose to reply to a speech by outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso and you can watch the speech here:
The UKIP leader thanked outgoing Commission President Barroso “for appearing on British television, thank you for confirming that the real fantasist isn’t you, it’s David Cameron, the British prime minister, who pretends that we can restrict free movement and remain members of the European Union.”
He told Barroso: “You made it clear that he was wrong, he was deceiving the British people, and you made it clear that you were the boss, and not him, and for that, I thank you and wish you a very happy retirement indeed.”
He called Barroso “a fantasist” because of his analogy of the EU to an empire: “I view you as a fantasist, but at no point have I ever, ever implied that you were dishonest, you’re not, you’re very honest indeed. I remember you telling Martin Callanan, who led the Conservative group here for some time, as the Conservative party under David Cameron’s leadership became more eurosceptic with British parliamentary each by-election, and you telling Martin Callanan, ‘Look, don’t try and be like UKIP because actually the voters will go for the real thing,’ and you were right, we won the European elections.”
Farage told Barroso he regretted what the EU had become: “I don’t think anybody doubts that those that got together in the 1950s after two ruinous world wars, with the genuine intention of getting the French and Germans to sit round the table, talk together and trade together, no one doubts that was the right thing to do. But it’s morphed and changed into something else.”