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Ann Widdecombe compares Brexit to slaves revolting

PICTURED: Ann Widdecombe

ANN WIDDECOMBE has compared Brexit to slaves revolting during her maiden speech at the European parliament in Strasbourg.

The Brexit Party MEP, who was flanked by her party’s leader, Nigel Farage, said the way recent negotiations over the leadership of EU institutions had been conducted was “undemocratic” and “one of many reasons why Britain was right to leave”.

Widdecombe said: “If that is this place’s idea of democracy, then that is a serious betrayal of every country that is represented here.

“It is not democratic at all and that is just one of many reasons why Britain is right to be leaving this place, hopefully on Halloween.

She added: “And it is right because there is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on their oppressors, slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons, colonies against their empires, and that is why Britain is leaving … And it doesn’t matter which language you use, we are leaving and we are glad to be going.”

Her statements have drawn criticism and outraged politicians and members of the public.

David Lammy tweeted: “Anne [sic] 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.”

Playwright and author Bonnie Greer said: “I know Brexiters, I know Tories, none of them would make a comment re: slavery in relation to Brexit.

“Anne [sic] Widdecombe is a media-sucking fanatic and part of a ‘political’ party of fanatics who are spending their time on social media stunts and superannuated student ‘protest’!”

One commenter tweeted: “Anne Widdecombe needs serious help.”

Another said: "Ann Widdecombe draws parallel between Britain leaving EU and enslaved people rising up against oppressors! Does she have any conception of the horrors of slavery and the slave trade?! What insulting ignorance."

Theresa May’s spokeswoman said that it was not a statement that the prime minister would support.

“That isn’t a characterisation she would recognise, nor is it a phrase that she would ever use to describe leaving the European Union,” The Guardian reported May’s spokeswoman said.

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