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.
“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 May has not given much detail on her Brexit plans
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.
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.
Gerard Batten slammed May’s handling of Brexit
“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.
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.