‘She CANNOT be trusted’ Ukip MEP slams Theresa May for ‘doing NOTHING’...

‘She CANNOT be trusted’ Ukip MEP slams Theresa May for ‘doing NOTHING’ to deliver Brexit

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Despite Britain voting to leave the EU more than six months ago, Mr Batten claims the former Home Secretary is trying to delay Brexit and try to keep the country in the EU through an agreement which is “nearly as bad as EU membership”.

In her first broadcast interview of the year, Theresa May told Sophy Ridge on Sky News there was no “muddled thinking” on her plans to leave the EU, yet the Prime Minister refused to clarify the Government’s position on immigration and the single market.

But talking exclusively to the Express.co.uk, Mr Batten said: “What has she done since becoming Prime Minister? Absolutely nothing.

“She does not intend to do anything until March, and then we are going to have two years of torturous negotiations with people who don’t want to negotiate with us.

“I believe she is trying to delay, delay to try and arrive at a fudge where we don’t actually leave the EU at all where we get stuck with some kind of association agreement like Switzerland or Norway.”

Theresa MayTheresa May has not given much detail on her Brexit plans

Ukip’s Brexit spokesman savaged Mrs May for flip-flopping on her position on the EU – arguing the Tory leader could not be trusted.

Mr Batten said: “I don’t trust her at all. She was a Remainer. If Remain had won, she would be telling us that it was the best result and it’s all in our best interests so we have to make the EU all nice and wonderful and everything is going to be OK in the future.”

The London MEP argued that the Prime Minister could have triggered Article 50 immediately which would have forced Brussels bureaucrats into negotiating with Britain on the Government’s terms.

Yet the 62-year-old claimed her reluctance to pull Britain out of the clutches of Eurocrats immediately demonstrates she is not committed to carrying out the will of the 17 million people who for voted Brexit.

Mr Batten added: “If she wants to go down the Article 50 route, she could have done that the day she became Prime Minister. Instead of that, she’s done nothing and she doesn’t want to do anything for another three months.

“What she should have done, which is what Ukip have been saying is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 which puts us back in controls of negotiations as it restores supremacy of law making to Parliament.

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Gerard Batten slammed May’s handling of Brexit

“Then we can dictate the terms with which we are going to interact with the EU in the future and she can take emergency action on the big things like immigration and trade.

“I don’t want them [the EU] tell us how to leave the EU, I want to tell them ‘we’ve left, and now we’re going to tell you how we’ll operate with you.’”

Mrs May has been reluctant to publicly reveal what she is prioritising ahead of Brexit negotiations, but announced on Sunday that Britain could not hang on to “bits of EU membership” – her clearest sign so far that she is angling for a hard Brexit.

The 60-year-old then backtracked on her remarks, blaming the media for misinterpreting her.

A Downing Street spokesman told the Express.co.uk: “The PM has been completely clear that the UK is coming out of the European Union. We will trigger Article 50 by the end of March and begin negotiations to get the best deal for Britain as we leave the EU.