Sesja plenarna Parlamentu Europejskiej 28 czerwca 2016 – Debata nad wynikiem referendum w Wielkiej Brytanii
– Wielka Brytania nie będzie ostatnim krajem, który wystąpi z Unii Europejskiej – ostrzegł we wtorek na posiedzeniu Parlamentu Europejskiego lider UKIP. Nigel Farage – Zabawne, prawda? Gdy 17 lat temu zapowiadałem, że poprowadzę kampanię na rzecz wyjścia Wielkiej Brytanii z UE, śmialiście się ze mnie. Teraz się nie śmiejecie, a ja tak. Powodem waszej frustracji jest to, że potraficie zaakceptować tego, że wasz projekt polityczny i waluta ponoszą porażkę. Brytyjczycy chcą być niepodległym, zwyczajnie rządzonym narodem. Dajemy nadzieję demokratom na Zachodzie Europy.
Farage opowiedział się za szybkim wystąpieniem jego kraju z UE i podpisaniem korzystnych umów dwustronnych:
– Bądźmy pragmatyczni, dorośli i realistyczni. Podpiszmy sensowną umową handlową. Wielka Brytania będzie waszym najlepszym przyjacielem na świecie, ale pozwólcie nam iść swoją drogą i realizować globalne ambicje – dodał.
Nigel Farage, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you? And the reason you are so upset, the reason you are so angry, has been perfectly clear from all the angry exchanges this morning: you, as a political project, are in denial. You are in denial that your currency is failing. You are in denial …
(Murmurs of protest)
Well, just look at the Mediterranean. No, no, as a policy to impose poverty on Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean you have done very well, and you are in denial over Ms Merkel’s call last year for as many people as possible to cross the Mediterranean into the European Union, which has led to massive divisions between countries and within countries. But the biggest problem you have got, and the main reason the United Kingdom voted the way that it did, is that you have, by stealth, by deception, without ever telling the truth to the British or the rest of the peoples of Europe, imposed upon them a political union. You have imposed upon them a political union, and when the people in 2005 in the Netherlands and France voted against that political union, when they rejected the Constitution, you simply ignored them and brought the Lisbon Treaty in through the back door.
(Applause from certain quarters)
What happened last Thursday was a remarkable result. It was indeed a seismic result, not just for British politics, for European politics, but perhaps even for global politics, too, because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did, the people who have been oppressed over the last few years and seen their living standards go down, they rejected the multinationals. They rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics, and they said, actually, we want our country back. We want our fishing waters back, we want our borders back, we want to be an independent, self-governing normal nation, and that is what we have done and that is what must happen. And in doing so, we now offer a beacon of hope to democrats across the rest of the European continent. I will make one prediction this morning: the United Kingdom will not be the last Member State to leave the European Union.
So the question is: what we do next? Now it is up to the British Government to invoke Article 50 and I have to say that I do not think we should spend too long in doing it. I totally agree, Mr Juncker, that the British people have voted. We need to make sure that it happens. But what I would like to see is a grown-up and sensible attitude to how we negotiate a different relationship.
(Cries of disapproval)
Now I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives …
(Protests and catcalls)
… or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job. But listen. Just listen …
on behalf of the EFDD Group. – You are quite right, Mr Schulz, UKIP used to protest against the establishment, and now the establishment protests against UKIP, so something has happened here. Let us listen to some simple pragmatic economics. We, between us, between your countries and my country, do an enormous amount of business in goods and services. That trade is mutually beneficial to both of us. That trade matters. If you were to decide to cut off your noses to spite your faces and to reject any idea of a sensible trade deal, the consequences would be far worse for you than it would be for us.
(Murmurs of disapproval)
Even no deal is better for the United Kingdom than the current rotten deal that we have got. But if we were to move to a position where tariffs were reintroduced on products like motor cars, then hundreds of thousands of German workers would risk losing their jobs. So why don’t we just be pragmatic, sensible, grown-up, realistic and let’s cut between us a sensible tariff-free deal, and thereafter recognise that the United Kingdom will be your friend, that we will trade with you, we will cooperate with you, we will be your best friends in the world, but do it sensibly and allow us to go off and pursue our global ambitions and future.
(Applause and loud catcalls)