James O'Brien: What Nigel Farage ACTUALLY Said About A No Deal Brexit

14 May 2019, 11:39 | Updated: 14 May 2019, 11:55

James O'Brien insists claims by Nigel Farage that he campaigned for a no-deal Brexit before the EU Referendum are completely false.

The leader of the Brexit Party responded to critics who said that no one voted for a no-deal Brexit by revealing that he had first used the phrase "no deal is better than a bad deal" on 8th June, three weeks before the referendum.

But James has looked at what he actually said and has a different take on his claim.

He said: "This claim that's getting out there that Mr Farage invented the phrase 'No deal is better than a bad deal', he didn't.

"What he did was say during a campaign debate in June 2016 that 'no deal is better than the rotten deal that we have at the moment'. So he was comparing no deal to EU membership, not to all those future deals that everyone spent the campaign telling us would be easy to achieve.

"It's deceptive and disingenuous and entirely deliberate.

James O'Brien in the LBC studio
James O'Brien in the LBC studio. Picture: LBC

"If history was to repeat itself, he'll say that in public about half a dozen times and it will then become the accepted narrative.

"It's not true. He did not argue that no deal is better than a bad deal. He argued that the current arrangement we have with the European Union was so bad that even leaving with no deal would be better than that.

"It's a statement that completely ignores the entire referendum campaign being built upon the fact that we were going to sign a trade deal that would be better than what we currently had."