‘Trump would have got Brexit done by now’: Farage blasts May’s handling of Brexit negotiations as new poll shows his Brexit Party leading NATIONALLY in a General Election for the first time – just 20 seats short of a majority
- Mr Farage speaking to a caller on his weekly LBC show about arrival of Trump
- Brexit Party leader suggested negotiations would have gone better with Trump
- Prior to his visit Trump had suggested Farage ‘has a lot to offer’ in negotiations
- Widdecombe said the Brexit party has become so successful due to voter anger
- Veteran politician said Farage’s party would not disappear due to lack of trust
- Widdecombe also said it was right decision for the Party to have no manifesto
Published: 05:16 EDT, 2 June 2019 | Updated: 17:43 EDT, 2 June 2019
Nigel Farage says the UK would be in ‘a better place’ if President Trump had handled Brexit negotiations after a new poll put his party on top for the first time ever.
Mr Farage was speaking to a caller on his weekly LBC show about the impending arrival of Donald Trump for his state visit this week, when he suggested the US president might have been more successful in the Brexit negotiations.
The Brexit Party leader said: ‘If Donald Trump’s team had been in charge of these negotiations we would in a much better place than we are.’
Prior to his visit Mr Trump had suggested Mr Farage ‘has a lot to offer’ in negotiations with the EU and should be included in talks.
It comes as a new Opinium poll had the Brexit Party on top with 26 per cent of the vote, ahead of Labour on 22 per cent.
It is the first ever national poll to have the Brexit Party, fronted by Mr Farage, 55, on top.
On LBC the Brexit Party leader said: ‘If Donald Trump’s team had been in charge of these negotiations we would in a much better place than we are’
Anne Widdecombe, appearing on Ridge on Sunday, said the reason the Brexit Party has become so successful is voter fury at the two main parties
The new poll has the Conservatives down in third with just 17 per cent of the vote, and the Liberal Democrats in fourth on 16 per cent.
According to a seat predictor by the Electoral Calculus website, the result would leave Farage with 306 MPs, 20 short of a majority.
The Conservatives would be left with a paltry 26 MPs, while Labour would capture 205 seats.
Earlier today the Brexit Party’s Anne Widdecombe has slated the Tories saying they have ‘gone mad.’
Ms Widdecombe, appearing on Ridge on Sunday, said the reason the Brexit Party has become so successful because of voter fury at the two main parties.
And insisted Nigel Farage‘s new group would not disappear because she said there was a lack of trust in politicians to deliver Brexit.
And the veteran politician shook her head with dismay at the amount of candidates running for the Tory leadership – now at 13 after Sam Gyimah announced himself in the running this morning.
She said: ‘I think you have to face the fact the nation’s pretty angry, that is why its turned against the two main parties.
‘They are angry with the fudge, angry with the obfuscation, my former party has gone mad.
‘They’ve now got 12 candidates.’
Widdecombe is promptly interrupted by presenter who reminds her that Sam Gyimah threw his hat into the ring for the leadership, causing the Brexiteer to shake her head with dismay.
Ms Widdecombe added it was right that the Brexit Party had not yet published a manifesto, and said the party was unlikely to have a policy on ‘gay sex changes’ after being asked about previous comments she has made on the subject.
‘I do not imagine for one moment that the Brexit Party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.’
Earlier this morning Sam Gyimah became the 13th person to throw their hat into the ring to be the future leader of the party, and is the first to back a referendum on any Brexit deal.
Widdecombe labelled ‘vile’ for suggesting science might one day ‘produce an answer’ for being gay
Ann Widdecombe has come under fire after she suggested science might one day ‘produce an answer’ to being gay.
The Brexit Party MEP said she had once pointed out that there was a time when it was thought impossible for men to become women and vice versa.
She added: ‘The fact that we think it is now quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean that science might not be able to produce an answer at some stage.’
Ms Widdecombe has been labelled ‘vile’ and accused of running a ‘sick’ anti-LGBT campaign by Labour’s Luke Pollard.
He tweeted: ‘Utterly ashamed to be represented by this vile woman. Being gay isn’t a disease to be cured. Ann Widdecombe is continuing her sick anti-£LGBT campaign.’
Independent MP Nick Boles said: ‘If only science could produce an answer to the blight of poisonous bigotry that is Ann Widdecombe.’
Ms Widdecombe was asked about previous comments she had made regarding gay conversion therapy during an interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.
She said: ‘I also pointed out that there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa and the fact that we now think it is quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean that science may not be able to produce an answer at some stage.’
Asked if she was suggesting there was a possibility that science could find a way to change sexuality, Ms Widdecombe replied: ‘I don’t know, I don’t know any more other than people once knew whether it was impossible for men to become women.
‘I don’t know and I’ve never claimed – and this is where I am misrepresented quite often – I’ve never claimed that such science already exists, I’ve never claimed that.
‘I’ve merely said that if you simply rule out the possibility of it, you are denying people who are confused about their sexuality or discontented with it, the chances that you do give to people who want to change gender.
‘Now that’s all I’ve said. I do not imagine for one moment that the Brexit Party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.’