Gerard Batten not happy at British MEPs’ call for an extension to Article 50.
The leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party called fellow British MEPs “a bunch of snivelling quislings who are desperate to keep their seats on the EU Parliamentary gravy train.”
Gerard Batten was responding to an email, seen by POLITICO, sent to all members of the European Parliament calling for “an extension of the Article 50 timetable.”
Fourteen MEPs from across the political spectrum wrote: “Despite our political differences, as U.K. MEPs we are united around one fact: if you wish to allow the U.K. to remain within our EU family, then all ways to do so will necessitate an extension of the Article 50 timetable. Whilst we acknowledge that many details of the next few months remain unclear, it is in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and respect that we ask you, our European friends, to start thinking about this possibility and be ready for this eventuality.”
Batten wasn’t impressed.
He wrote in response that the Brits who signed the letter “have revealed themselves for what they are. They are a bunch of snivelling quislings who are desperate to keep their seats on the EU Parliamentary gravy train.”
He added that they “have no respect for the democratic decision of the people. They dress up their self-interest as concern at the ‘risk’ of a ‘no deal Brexit.’ In reality it is about hoping that the Referendum decision may be overturned and reversed so that they can keep their salaries, their €300 per day tax-free allowance, and their pensions.”
Batten concluded: “Never in the history of Britain have we been represented by such a band of collaborators, quislings and traitors. They are utterly contemptible. It just goes to show how membership of the European Union has rotted the soul of some of our political class and the sooner we leave the better.”
Also hitting the “reply all” button on the email chain was German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel, who said he had spoken to both European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz about an initiative that he supports called A New Deal For Britain. (Neither Juncker not Kurz would make a decision on an extension of Article 50, which would have to be taken by all EU countries.)