Below is the text of the speech made by Ann Widdecombe, the Brexit Party MEP for the South West, in the European Parliament on 4 July 2019.

Mr President, it is a great honour to speak on behalf of the largest single party in this place. And may I say that if I needed any convincing at all that the best thing for Britain is to leave here as soon as possible it was the way that those elections were conducted yesterday: if that is this place’s idea of democracy, then that is a serious betrayal of every country that is represented here, because it is not democratic at all.

And that is just one of many reasons why Britain is right to be leaving this place, hopefully at Halloween. It is right because there is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors, slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons, and colonies, Mr Verhofstadt, against their empires. And that is why Britain is leaving. And it doesn’t matter which language you use: we are going, and we are glad to be going.

I represent the South West of the United Kingdom and I found, on my very first day, that this place has decided – or at least the powers-that-be have decided – actually to increase the size of fishermen’s meshes, thereby reducing their income by 40%. That’s what you do here, that’s why we’re going. Nous allons, wir gehen, we’re off!