Brexit Party MEP, John Longworth, has claimed some MEPs in the European Union would be delighted to see Britain fail to leave the bloc. The UK was scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31 this year, but the Prime Minister was forced to extend Britain’s departure from Brussels, following an intervention from MPs in the House of Commons. Britain has a new scheduled exit date of January 31, and will have an election on December 12. But, Brexit Party MEP Mr Longworth has explained how some MEPs from France, Germany, Estonia and Italy, are “sympathetic” towards the UK which is yet to fully cut ties with the bloc.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “There are a whole bunch of MEPs across Europe that are sympathetic towards us, even from France, Germany, Estonia, Italy and so on.
“There are a lot of MEPs in the European Parliament who would be delighted to stop us leaving.”
He added: “The ones that are in favour are democracy are the ones who say exactly what we say, quite frankly about Brexit.
“The ones that are opposed are saying ‘you’re mad, you should stay’. They want our money, they want Britain’s part of defence.”
John Longworth claimed some MEPs would be delighted to see Brexit reversed
Nigel Farage has repeatedly demanded a ‘clean break’ Brexit
During the interview, which took place before the announcement of a general election in the UK, Mr Longworth also opened up on his experience in the European Parliament so far.
The former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, admitted before taking up his role, he was “fully aware” of how the bloc operated.
But, Mr Longworth insisted he “very quickly” realised how the European Parliament had “no purpose”.
The European Parliament is the legislative branch of the European Union, and together with the Council of the European Union, adopts legislation, normally proposed from the European Commission.
John Longworth said some MEPs were sympathetic towards the UK having not left yet
The body is the EU’s only directly elected institution and is made up of 751 Members of the European Parliament.
The current European Parliament President is David Sassoli, an Italian politician, who will serve for a minimum of another two-years.
It comes as the Prime Minister and Labour Party leader started on the campaign trails this week, after MPs agreed to hold a general election on December 12.
Boris Johnson had repeatedly demanded a general election, claiming it was the only way of overcoming the Brexit gridlock in the Commons.
The Brexit Party launched their campaign on Friday, with leader Nigel Farage saying the party would be open to a pact with the Conservatives, if the Prime Minister dropped his agreed withdrawal agreement with the EU.
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European Parliament has 751 elected MEPs
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There are a lot of MEPs in the European Parliament who would be delighted to stop us leaving
Explaining his idea of a non-aggression pact, Mr Farage told PA: “There are seats in which we would not stand and there are some seats in which the Conservatives would not stand.
“In particular, old Labour seats that have never ever been Conservative, never ever will be Conservative, where there were Leave majorities in the referendum but they’re represented by Remain MPs. And they, for us, are our number one target.”
Mr Farage warned that if the Tories did not agree to an alliance and abandon the deal he would make sure every household in the country was made aware it was a “sell-out” of Brexit.
The Brexit Party leader said that if Mr Johnson did not agree to his terms: “We will contest every single seat in England, Scotland and Wales.”
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But, on Friday evening, the Prime Minister categorically ruled out any deals with the Brexit Party in the election.
Asked if he would form an alliance with Mr Farage, Mr Johnson told ITV News: “I may respectfully say to all our friends around the world…that the only way to get this thing done is to vote for us.
“Vote for this Government because unfortunately, as I tried to point out, if you vote for any other party the risk is you’ll just get Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, dither and delay, not just one referendum next year but two referendums.”
A Number 10 source confirmed that this explicitly meant no deals with the Brexit Party.
Boris Johnson was quick to reject a Brexit Party pact ahead of the election
The comments came after an intervention from US President Donald Trump, who, in an LBC interview with Mr Farage on Thursday evening, talked up the idea of an agreement between the Brexit Party leader and the Prime Minister.
Mr Trump also claimed the Labour Party leader would be “so bad for your country”.
Jeremy Corbyn hit back, tweeting: “Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected.”