Nigel Farage has revealed a last ditch plot to stop the UK leaving the European Union by prominent MEP and former Prime Minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt. The Brexit Party leader spoke to Sky News ahead of the final EU plenary session before the Brexit January deadline. The European Parliament is meeting to vote on legislation in its plenary session in Strasbourg.
He told Sky: “The 29th of this month, there’ll be a big debate in Brussels, and there’ll be a vote after that.
“There’s some talk from Mr Verhofstadt that maybe the Parliament could block us leaving on the current terms that have been agreed.
“It isn’t going to happen.
“What I’ve found here in the last 2 days is a general acceptance that the UK is leaving.”
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has stated that the negotiating future with the EU in the short period would be “very challenging”.
The EU withdrawal agreement shows transition period could be extended by “one or two years”.
The UK is set to exit EU’s customs union and single market by the end of transition period on December 31.
MPs voted 330 to 231 to proceed with the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and finally deliver Brexit for the UK in an historic moment.
The bill comfortably cleared its third reading in the House of Commons, as expected, with a majority of 99.
It took just three days for the bill to pass the remaining stages in the Commons, after MPs gave their initial approval to the legislation before the Christmas recess.
Theresa May – Boris Johnson’s predecessor in Downing Street – repeatedly failed to get her Brexit agreement passed by MPs, which led to her resignation as prime minister.
The latest vote gives approval to the 11-month transition period after 31 January, in which the UK will cease to be an EU member but will continue to follow its rules and contribute to its budget.
The purpose of the transition period is to give time for the UK and EU to negotiate their future relationship, including a trade deal.