Brexit LIVE: Guy Verhofstadt admits ‘only NIGEL FARAGE can save us’ from Brexit ‘poison’

The MEP blasted the European Parliament after Mrs May’s Brexit deadline was extended to October 31 saying the Conservative and Labour parties will only run down the clock again. He said: “I fear most it will import the Brexit mess into the European Union and moreover it will poison the upcoming European elections. “The Conservatives and labour will do what they have already done and that is run down the clock.

“The proof of this was that the first thing that after last week’s decision was to go on holidays.

“I never thought I would I say this in this parliament but maybe the only thing that can save us is Nigel Farage.

“As you will hear today he is already campaigning.”

The commenst come after Germany’s foreign minister has questioned whether or not the UK really wants to leave the European Union – a week after extending the Brexit deadline to October 31.

Heiko Maas said asking for another extension would show the UK secretly wants to stay in the EU. His harsh criticism comes he said the UK will also not be granted another extension past October. He said: “Another extension could send the signal that they plan to stay in the EU after all.”

Mr Maas added: “They will have to decide what they want by October.

“You cannot drag out Brexit for a decade.”

Last week, the EU gave Theresa May an extension to get Brexit over the line by October 31 with her MPs after failing to meet the original March 29 deadline.

This has left MPs furious as it means the UK will now have to stand in the upcoming European Parliament elections next month.

European Council president Donald Tusk only accepted the extension with the promise the UK would “continue it sincere cooperation” as a member state – including taking part in the elections in May.

Mr Maas told the Financial Times it would be absurd if the Mrs May failed to get her Withdrawal Agreement through the Commons before next month.

He said: “Just think about it: You say you want to leave Europe and then you hold a European Parliament election.”

Meanwhile in the UK, Parliament is in recess for the Easter holiday.

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