UKIP’s deputy leader, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed an explosive letter by the European Parliament’s representative on Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt; in which the former Belgium PM demands the UK continues to make post-Brexit payments to the EU budget, while at the same time not becoming a “net beneficiary.”
In September’s letter to the Conference of Committees Chairs, Verhofstadt says the UK will have to respect “all rules, mechanisms and conditions including financing, implementation, control and discharge” should the UK participate in future EU programmes, while not having the right to “participate in governance or decision making.”
Mr Verhofstadt justifies his views by going on to say that “a third country cannot have the same benefits and level of access to EU programmes as a Member State.”
Commenting, a furious Mr Hookem said, “yet again, the EU wants to have its cake and to eat it too! If anyone wanted further evidence that the EU is determined to fleece the UK for every penny, while trying to punish us for having the audacity to leave the EU club, then this is it!”
“While Verhofstadt drones on about third-country status, he seems to forget that the UK has spent over 40 years contributing to the EU budget; have a share in every asset the EU owns and will be paying the ridiculous £40billion divorce bill for many years to come.
“Yet, the arch-federalist is looking for even more cash and continued influence over the UK.
“Are Verhofstadt and his EU overlords really so scared of British autonomy that they are looking to crush any thought of independence at birth?”
“We are told continuously by Theresa May that we will develop a special relationship with the EU in the post-Brexit era. However, what she fails to mention is that the ‘special relationship’ will mean the UK continuing to make payments and follow all the EU’s rules, but with absolutely no say.
“This is not Brexit, its utter subservience!”
“This just shows how May and her cohorts are negotiating us into a black hole. The only way forward now is for Mrs May to resign and for the implementation of a hard Brexit to reset the ‘relationship’.