Nigel Farage has said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that the prospect of Britain being a “competitor” after leaving the bloc “terrifies” Brussels.
He welcomes the prime minister’s approach on the trade talks to be held with the EU next month and now supports the British government to move away from Brussels rules.
Farage said, “If we finish up with alignment, then it means the 88% of our economy that does not sell goods into the EU is still bound by EU rules and that would not be Brexit.
“I think he is saying all the right things. I think he is being consistent with the manifesto on which he was elected.”
He added, “I got the sense before leaving the European parliament, that for the first time since 2016, they are a bit more frightened of us than we are of them.
“What they fear more than anything and bear in mind Italy is in recession, Germany is very close to being in recession, what they fear is a competitor on their doorstep.
“That terrifies them.
“What we should be doing, in our national interest, is to make sure we are a competitor on their doorstep.”