Ann Widdecombe insisted Britain may have opted to stay a member of the European Union had the project not morphed “cooperation into domination” from Brussels. The Brexit Party MEP reiterated her belief Brexit will turn the UK into a strong competitor for the bloc as she suggested other member states will choose to follow in Britain’s footsteps in the future. Addressing colleagues in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ms Widdecombe said: “It was Madam Garcia-Perez who reminded us at the beginning of this debate that the European Union started out of six countries.
“The vision then was that it would be a loose alliance of sovereign nations in a trading agreement with some sort of cooperation with the totally noble idea that would somehow promote peace.
“If that had remained the vision I venture to say that I don’t believe Britain would now be leaving.”
Ms Widdecombe continued: “But that did not happen – cooperation morphed into domination, sovereignty morphed into a superstate.
“That is why Britain is going. And I believe when Britain has made a big success of being a competitor at your doorstep, others will follow us.”
The Brexit Party MEP concluded her ominous warning adding: “Therefore, if you want a future not for Europe but for the European Union, which is a different thing, learn the lesson of what has happened in the UK.”
The speech came after Ms Widdecombe traded barbs with colleague Sophie in ‘t Veld on Tuesday after the Dutch MEP suggested 43 percent of British voters backed pro-Remain parties in the last general election.
Ms Widdecombe hit back: “Why? Why did Boris Johnson get such a massive majority in the last election?
“Because his basic promise was ‘get Brexit done’.”
“It’s virtually the same as for the Brexit talks ie pretty open.
“Includes the phrase: ‘All UK documents received will be transmitted to the Council…in a timely manner’.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU is “ambitious” a new “unprecedented” trade deal could be reached by the end of 2020.
In June 2020 a summit should take place so Britain and the EU can assess the progress of the talks.
By November 26, 2020, EU officials have stated a trade deal must have been negotiated and presented to the European Parliament if it is to be in place by the end of the year.