Nigel Farage, UK Independence Party chief and member of the European Parliament, returned to the legislative body for the first time since the British people voted to exit the European Union. Needless to say, Farage did not receive the most warm of welcomes from his peers upon his return.
In a blistering speech that was met with jeers from the EU parliamentarians, Farage slammed the body for being “in denial” about the failures of the European Union.
“You know when I came here 17 years ago and I said I wanted to lead a campaign to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me,” Farage began. “Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”
“You, as a political project, are in denial,” he continued. “You’re in denial that your currency is failing…And you’re in denial about [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel’s call last year for as many people as possible to cross the Mediterranean into the European Union, has led to massive devisions between countries and within countries.”
Farage also accused the EU of lying about its intention to force European nations into a political union instead of just the monetary and economic union originally intended.
“The main reason the United Kingdom voted the way that it did, is you have by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth, to the British, or the rest of the peoples of Europe, you have imposed upon them a political Union,” Farage said. “I’ll make one prediction this morning: The United Kingdom will not be the last member-state to leave the European Union.”
Watch Nigel Farage’s speech before the European Parliament: