William Dartmouth, speaking in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, hit back at Brussels leaders after they claimed Britain could not access the European single market without accepting the free movement of labour first.
In the wake of Brexit, key EU leaders told Theresa May that she would have to accept being part of Brussels’ free movement area if she wanted to maintain access to the single market.
However, in her own divorce plan, the Prime Minister claimed she would prioritise securing Britain’s borders over access to European markets.
EU lawmakers on Wednesday backed landmark free trade deal the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) with Canada.
Mr Dartmouth suggested his EU counterparts had “exploited trade agreements” to advance their own political agenda.
William Dartmouth mocked the EU for their hypocritical view on free movement
it is a tragedy for the integrity and the credibility of the European Union
In a passionate rant, the Ukip MEP, then accused his European colleagues of not imposing free movement on Canada when striking their recent deal, but demanding free movement in a British deal.
“It is a fact the European Union has well over 100 trade agreements,” he said.
“Of these it is only the EFDA countries, of which there are four, whose specific form of trade agreement with the EU has a clause that confers freedom of movement.
“Nevertheless, it is endlessly asserted that any access at all to the EU single market requires freedom of movement.
“The facts are clear, this is wrong, this is completely untrue, this is total tosh and it is a tragedy for the integrity and the credibility of our politics that many of those who stand in the way of Brexit persist in putting forward this false fact.”
He added: “That is fake news, that is the big lie.”
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The Czech Republic’s EU minister Tomas Prouza recently warned that Mrs May’s use of “alternative facts” around the subject of immigration could jeopardise negotiations and future UK-EU relations.
During a speech, he said: “We are a bit confused – the main idea of a fairer, more open and more global Britain seems nice on paper, but how do you want to be open when one of the key elements of the plan is to stop the inflow of bright and hardworking people from all over the world that invested so much of their energy into making Britain great?”
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He continued: “How do you want to ‘reach beyond Europe’ when your plan is to close yourself up and when you are best friends with a man who is basing his new administration on cutting his international ties.”
Mr Prouza suggested the UK had simply gone from “Brexit means Brexit” to “Brexit means ‘hard’ Brexit” to “Theresa May’s speech means Theresa May’s speech”.
“There was very little information for us listening across the channel,” he concluded.