Speaking on BBC Two’s Daily Politics, he called for the UK Government to take “emergency action” and tell Brussels it was no longer a member of the EU according to British law.
He said: “What we would say is ‘we are no longer members of the EU under our law, we will take emergency action on trade, immigration, border controls, farming, fishing and defence’.”
Alison McGovern blasted Gerard Batten for his comments on securing a swift trade deal
What you could do in an afternoon, which won’t take two years, is to say to the European Union ‘we want to continue with tariff-free trade and so do you because it’s in your interest'
Host Jo Coburn interrupted and asked what the implications would be on the UK’s economy.
Mr Batten replied: “What you could do in an afternoon, which won’t take two years, is to say to the European Union ‘we want to continue with tariff-free trade and so do you because it’s in your interest – you can have three of your four freedoms, goods, services, capital’.
“Really, is Mrs Merkel going to say to the German car manufacturers ‘oh no we’ve got to put tariffs on car imports to the UK?’ Because we’re not going to do it.”
UK Trade Prospects after Brexit Thu, February 16, 2017
These are the top 10 trade partner prospects for the UK moving forward
1 of 11
Mr Batten said it was in the EU's interest to give the UK a favourable deal
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
The Brexiteer soon came under fire as Labour MP Alison McGovern raged at the MEP for his comments.
She said: “The idea that you could sort out customs arrangements for high-value manufacturing like that in an afternoon, that is an insult to my constituents and their jobs.
“I would ask you, next time you come up with nonsense like that I would ask you to think about the impact of that and people who work in my constituency who make goods across borders not within them and need a much better attitude from the British Government.”
Mr Batten was later asked about how his party would now be able to influence Brexit after its only MP Douglas Carswell quit the party at the weekend.
He replied: “The important Parliament that’s going to vote on the final deal is not going to be the one at Westminster, it’s going to be the one in Brussels.”