Wid­de­combe likens EU to ‘slav­ery’

Daily Mail - - News - From David Churchill Brus­sels Cor­re­spon­dent in Stras­bourg

ANN Wid­de­combe used her maiden speech in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day to ac­cuse Euro­crats of treat­ing its cit­i­zens like ‘slaves’.

The new Brexit Party MEP con­demned the way the EU’s top jobs were given out, brand­ing it a ‘be­trayal of ev­ery coun­try rep­re­sented’.

Her com­ments came dur­ing a fierce de­bate in Stras­bourg in which EU Coun­cil chief Don­ald Tusk came un­der fire over the way EU lead­ers doled out the bloc’s se­nior po­si­tions be­hind closed doors ear­lier this week.

Miss Wid­de­combe said the ap­point­ments showed why Bri­tain should leave the EU ‘as soon as pos­si­ble’.

Stab­bing a fin­ger in the air as she spoke, she fumed: ‘If that is this place’s idea of democ­racy, then that is a se­ri­ous be­trayal of ev­ery coun­try rep­re­sented here, be­cause it is not demo­cratic at all. And that is just one of many rea­sons why Bri­tain is right to be leav­ing this place, hope­fully on Hal­loween.’

She went on: ‘There is a pat­tern con­sis­tent through­out his­tory of op­pressed people turn­ing on the op­pres­sors, slaves against their own­ers, the peas­antry against the feu­dal barons...and that is why Bri­tain is leav­ing.’

Sign­ing off to cheers from her Brexit Party col­leagues, the for­mer Tory min­is­ter said: ‘That’s why we’re go­ing. Nous al­lons, wir gehen, we’re off!’

Bel­gian Lib­eral MEP Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt hit back: ‘Nigel Farage is fac­ing some stiff com­pe­ti­tion as chief clown of the Brexit Party in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.’

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