Brexit news: Nigel Farage says Theresa May betrayal at chequers will make him return | Politics | News – UK

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The former UKIP leader first announced his intention on his LBC radio programme following the Chequers meeting last week.

A BBC reporter quizzed him on his comments, saying: “You told me a week ago that you were quite enjoying your retirement.

“You were brown, you were looking fitter, you said this political game was behind me.

“Then on your programme LBC this week you say, ‘look, if this is the Brexit plan we’re going to get, I’m coming back and I’m going to lead UKIP again.’

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“Is that right?”

To which the leading Brexiteer chuckled and said: “I was genuinely shocked by what came out of Chequers.

“I understand that in any negotiation there is a degree of give and take.

“But not complete, total, abject surrender, and frankly, a betrayal.”

The Chequers meeting revealed Mrs May’s Brexit plan which Brexiteers have blasted as a “soft” exit from the EU.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned following the meeting, and was soon followed by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

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Mr Farage continued: “Betrayal is a very strong word, but a betrayal not only of how people voted in the referendum but of a General Election manifesto headed up by Theresa May herself.

“If we get to the spring of next year and Article 50 has been suspended or if this betrayal has continued, then yes, I would seriously consider chucking myself back into the frontline of this.

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“It is not, I can assure you, on my bucket list of things to do, but if I have to, I will.”

The Cabinet supported the Prime Minister’s “third way” model for the future customs arrangement with the EU following Brexit.

But the Prime Minister launched emergency talks with Brexit rebels at Chequers just hours after Donald Trump’s visit.

Trump said Mrs May’s proposals would “probably kill” a trade deal with the US.

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