The Brexit Party leader, who believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “inches away from a deal”, said the EU fears competition from the UK after it leaves the union. Mr Farage explained this competition is the reason why the EU wanted to keep the backstop in the withdrawal agreement. He said the EU wanted to keep the UK trapped in the customs union and single market.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Farage said: “What they really fear here is that we become more competitive because it is a global economy and if we become more competitive there will be more investment coming into our country and we will be more prosperous than they are.
“That is their ultimate nightmare and that’s why the backstop was originally put into the withdrawal agreement.
“It was put there to try and keep us trapped inside the European Union’s customs union and single market.
“That’s been the game from the very start.”
The Brexit Party MEP previously said he believes Mr Johnson is very close to getting a deal with the EU but has since voiced concerns over the type of deal it is.
He added: “I think we are inches away from a deal being done on October 17 at the next EU summit in Brussels where they give a bit in terms of the wording of the backstop.
“Boris comes back to London waving a piece of paper calling it a great triumph and I worry all he focus on one aspect of the withdrawal agreement or new European treaty without the backstop which is the worst deal in history.
“It leaves us tied inside European Union rules, subject to a foreign court, costs up £39billion and for any future trade deal we’re relying on their good faith and will.
“I really think that Boris Johnson must not be allowed to get away with saying that the withdrawal agreement without the backstop is somehow Brexit, because it is not.
“That will be Brexit in name only and there would have to be a subsequent general election in which the Brexit Party would have to say ‘look we’re stuck, this doesn’t work, we have to undo Boris’s dreadful deal’.”
His comments come a new poll found Mr Johnson would successfully pass a Brexit deal through parliament on the deadline of October 17.
A poll by Cicero says the Prime Minister would receive 330 votes in favour of a deal and 305 against.
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The poll claimed 17 Labour MPs would support the deal and all the Tories except eight would agree to it.
But Tory MP Mark Francois said he wouldn’t back a deal that resembles Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.
The Brexiteer said he would vote against the deal if so despite wanting the UK to leave on October 31.
He said if the UK doesn’t leave by Halloween the country will turn “ugly”.
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