‘German U-boats couldn’t do it’ Fiery Farage issues defiant message for Brussels
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage admitted “there would be bumps along the road” after a no deal Brexit but heavily criticised those who claim such a scenario would be catastrophic for the UK. In a defiant message, the former UKIP leader has mocked the “doom-mongers” and their no deal projections, and said: “Even the German U-boats were not as useful at lowering our levels of trade!” Mr Farage has conceded that a sudden exit from the EU will lead to “short-term difficulties” but these are necessary to escape “the whims of the EU’s unelected bureaucrats”.
Mr Farage has launched a scathing attack on Brexit scaremongers, who he believes has exaggerated the consequences of a no deal exit from the EU.
He takes particular issue with the recently leaked Whitehall dossier, Operation Yellowhammer, which highlighted how Britain will be left vulnerable without a deal.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Farage criticised the “baffling” document, which warned of shortages of fuel, medicine and food, protests, road blockades and “direct action”.
He also condemned Britain for placing too much emphasis on the alleged disruption of a no deal exit.
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Mr Farage said: “Its suggestion that the flow of our goods could be halved in the event of a No Deal Brexit is frankly laughable.
“Even the German U-boats were not as useful at lowering our levels of trade!
“Of course, I have always been clear that there would be bumps along the road.
“But, as I have also always argued, leaving the EU is about something far more important and profound than money.”
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Mr Farage also criticised the Project Fear claim that Calais will grind to a halt when Brexit is enacted, wreaking havoc on trade and travel.
But he points to claims from Jean-Marc Puissesseau, the man in charge of the French port, who has denounced the fears as nonsense.
Previously, the port boss has said the fears are “twisted assumptions” by people who do not know what they talking about.
He said: “If both sides do their homework, traffic will be completely fluid.”
Operation Yellowhammer was devised to help governmental departments set out contingency plans in the event of a no deal Brexit.
On Sunday, unknown sources leaked the documents which detailed some of the worst-effects leaving the EU could have on Britain.
It warned a no deal departure could disrupt petrol supplies, see a return of a hard border in Ireland, heavy delays at the ports and conflicts over fishing in UK waters.
A senior Whitehall source told The Sunday Times the document detailed “basic, reasonable scenarios” and dismissed the dossier as part of Project Fear.
But cabinet minister Michael Gove responded the report outlined only a “worst case scenario”, adding the Government had increased no deal planning over the last month.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said the leaked Operation Yellowhammer no-deal Brexit dossier was “out of date”.
The spokeswoman said: “In relation to business we have been engaging widely and will continue to do so and that’s been significantly stepped up in recent weeks.
“We have published numerous documents on how businesses can prepare.
“You can expect to see further information being published in the coming weeks in relation to how the public can further prepare and the changes that they are likely to see across a range of areas.”
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