Ann Widdecombe got into a fierce exchange with a Netherlands MEP in EU Parliament after she was challenged on the legitimacy of Brexit. The Brexit Party MEP hit back at Sophie in ‘t Veld, citing the 17.4 million people who voted to leave in the 2016 referendum. The European Parliament is meeting to vote on legislation in its plenary session in Strasbourg.
Ms in ‘t Veld argued that only 43 percent of the British people voted for a Brexit agenda during the December 2019 election.
She told the Parliament it was only because of the UK’s first-past-the-post electoral system that Boris Johnson was able to secure a majority.
She continued: “Why? Why did Boris Johnson get such a massive majority in the last election?
“Because his basic promise was ‘get Brexit done’.”
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 the transition period could be extended by “one or two years”.
The UK is set to exit the EU’s customs union and single market by the end of the 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 Government’s Brexit bill passed its first hurdle in Parliament after the Conservatives won a majority in the December general election.
The bill will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week. If peers choose to amend it will it come back before MPs.
It covers “divorce” payments to the EU, citizens’ rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period.
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.