Ann Widdecombe celebrates ‘nearer than ever to clean break’ from EU – but issues warning

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The former Conservative MP who later returned to politics as a Brexit Party MEP declared it is time to do “what is best for Britain”. She warned the UK must have control over its waters and be unshackled from Brussels’ laws.

Ms Widdecombe made the comments during an interview with ex-Brexit Party MEPs Martin Daubney and Belinda de Lucy for the Brexit Unlocked YouTube channel. 

The Brexiteer said: “My view is that we’ve now got to do what is best for Britain and not listen to anybody else’s threats.

“We’ve got to do what is best for Britain.

“Now the nation decided it was best that we leave the EU and we’ve done that first stage with leaving.

“It is best for Britain that we control our own waters.

“That we can prop up any industries that we so choose.

“That we are free to create our own conditions without being tied by EU laws.

“I wouldn’t like to predict it but I think we are nearer than we have ever been to the clean break.

“Doesn’t mean we are going to get it but we are nearer than we have ever been.”

Ms Widdecombe’s comments come as informal talks between the UK and EU are due to continue this week.

Chief negotiators Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are set to meet on Tuesday.

The meeting could be frosty after the pair were embroiled in an extraordinary Twitter row over the weekend.

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Mr Barnier dismissed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s assertion that the Northern Ireland Protocol could be used to break up the UK.

He also denied the EU is refusing to list the UK as a third country for food imports.

But Lord Frost hit back and dismantled Mr Barnier’s claims in a thread of seven tweets.

It comes as Mr Johnson’s plan to override key elements of the Brexit deal he signed with Brussels last October cleared its first Commons hurdle on Monday despite a Tory rebellion.

MPs voted to give the UK Internal Market Bill a second reading by 340 to 263 – a majority of 77.

The Prime Minister said the legislation was needed to prevent the EU taking an “extreme and unreasonable” interpretation of the provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland.

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