Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdicombe unloaded both barrels during her maiden speech before the European Council Wednesday, making the case for Britain leaving the European Union.
Widdicombe, one of six members of the European Parliament who represents South West England, gave a passionate speech claiming that the body’s process for choosing new leadership was just further proof that Britain was doing the right thing in leaving the EU. (RELATED: Farage’s Brexit Party Turns Its Back On EU)
Ann Widdecombe MEP: Britain was right to vote to leave, we’re off!
Widdecombe is on fire! pic.twitter.com/6bI01YHWAc
— The Brexit Party (@brexitparty_uk) July 4, 2019
“If I needed any convincing at all that the best thing for Britain is to leave here as soon as possible,” Widdicombe began, “It was the way those elections were conducted yesterday. Because if that is this place’s idea of democracy, then that is a serious betrayal of every country that is represented here because it is not democratic at all.”
“There is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors — slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons, colonies… against their empires, and that is why Britain is leaving,” Widdicombe continued.
“And it doesn’t matter which language you use — we are going and we are glad to be going. Nous allons. Wir gehen. We’re off!” Widdicombe concluded.
Several were quick to criticize Widdicombe’s comments, arguing that the comparison to slavery was offensive and inaccurate.
Anne Widdecombe just compared Britain leaving the EU to “slaves” rising up “against their owners”.
It is impossible to explain how offensive and ahistorical it is for you to equate my ancestors tearing off their chains with your small-minded nationalist project. Shame on you. https://t.co/wZVCziXWVM
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) July 4, 2019
Ann Widdecombe’s EU slavery remarks branded as ‘disgusting’ https://t.co/MfTiEi1qzJ
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 4, 2019