• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 13 November 2018
• Nigel Farage MEP, UK Independence Party (UKIP), President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) in the European Parliament - @Nigel_Farage
• Debate: Debate with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, on the Future of Europe
Well Mrs Merkel, many of my Eurosceptic colleagues have been booing you this morning but they shouldn’t be in a way because the British should be cheering you. Without you we’d never have made it over the line with Brexit and I want to thank you very much for that.
And of course many of these Eurosceptic groups on the right, the center and the left will come back here after the next European Elections in huge numbers directly as a result of your immigration and asylum policy. Your ‘we can cope’ led to a huge migrant tide, indeed a stampede, that came across the Mediterranean. Young men coming from very different cultures and who were not going to integrate. Young men none of whom can qualify as being genuine refugees and I think in many ways we looked at it in the referendum and said we don’t want to be part of an increasingly German dominated European Union and we certainly don’t want to pay the price for Mrs Merkel’s errors.
And I believe having heard you today and listening to senior French politicians over the last couple of days that for us leaving the European Union is now indeed a liberation. It is a European Union that we’re now told has become an empire, a militarised European Union, an undemocratic European Union, a European Union that seeks to continually expand to the East, a European Union that launched a new Cold War against the United States, a European Union that tries to rewrite history and I think 100 years on from the Armistice we should be genuinely worried.
The idea that this new militarised union is somehow a recipe for peace I suggest you all sit back and think a little bit more carefully. Maybe you should all reread history, the European project was set up to stop German domination, what you’ve seen today is a naked takeover bid.
So I think Brexit becomes a necessity after this and for the rest of the countries Mrs Merkel you’ve had a long and successful career but your political decision to open up the doors unconditionally is the worst decision we’ve seen in post war politics in Europe. Is it not time for you at last to admit that you were wrong? Is it not time for you to say to German communities and many others, I’m sorry for what I’ve done to you and for the problems I’ve inflicted upon you for many decades to come?