Ann Widdecombe ‘tired of hearing nonsense’ about Brexit depriving young Britons

Ann Widdecombe has said she is "tired of hearing nonsense" about the loss of young people's rights to travel and work in Europe in the wake of Brexit.

The Brexit Party MEP was on fiery form on the final day of the UK's membership of the EU ahead of making a final "farewell march" from the parliament building to the Eurostar.

Speaking to the PA news agency, she said: "I have a mixture of feeling very, very jubilant and full of celebration but also profound relief because there was a time when I wondered if this day was ever going to come.

"Indeed it was at that point that I joined the Brexit Party to try and help to make it come."

Ms Widdecombe will be leading the Brexit Party's march after leader Nigel Farage left Brussels for the last time as an MEP on Wednesday evening following the final vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.

She said she would be joining the rest of the party in Parliament Square for the stroke of 11pm on Friday evening.

"And that's it. That is the moment when Brexit has been Brexited."

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Steve Bray of pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) as protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro remain campaign group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Media interview a pro remain campaigner from protest group Sodem (Stand of Defiance European Movement) outside the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on January 30, 2020. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union formally at 23:00 GMT on 31st January, 2020. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Pro-remain supporters holding placards protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Pro-remain supporters protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Pro-remain supporters holding EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Pro-remain supporters holding placards protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A pro-remain supporter holding a placard protests outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A pro-remain supporter holding a placard protests outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Union Jack flags hang at Parliament Square outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Pro-remain supporters with EU flags protest outside Houses of Parliament on the eve of Brexit Day. Britain will officially leave the European Union at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 and will cease to be a state member. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK will enter a transitional period and will abide by EU rules despite not being a member. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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The former shadow home secretary is confident Brexit will benefit young people, saying: "It's all benefit.

"It's going to bring us the ability to control our own laws, the ability to control our own trade deals and the resulting prosperity and freedom and what I hope will be the return of common sense in regulation – all that is going to benefit everybody.

"I am tired of hearing this nonsense being talked that young people are going to be deprived of their rights to travel and to study in other countries.

"I'm old enough to remember the days before we joined – we travelled, we studied, we lived, we worked in each other's countries all the time and that's how it will be again."

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Ann Widdecombe reacts with other members of the Brexit Party as they leave the European Parliament in Brussels (Yui Mok/PA)

When asked if the Brexit Party would take any responsibility if Brexit had a negative impact on the economy, she said: "The Brexit Party has freed Britain, what Britain does from now on is down to the Government – we are not the Government but we have made this possible.

"But already people are saying, 'supposing it all goes wrong?' Well, supposing it all goes right. Will people then apologise to the Brexit Party? I doubt it."

She said the Brexit Party would have to continue as a political entity for at least the next year.

"The negotiations are still going on and we need to make sure Boris doesn't get away with anything, that if he's giving stuff away, that the public know that.

"That is absolutely crucial. We've got to hold the Government to account in as much as we can for the next year, after that, who knows?"

Ms Widdecombe was unsympathetic towards the outpouring of grief from Remain supporters.

"One side had to lose in that referendum, would they have cared if we were sad, would they have cared if we had lost? The answer is no."

She added: "I would have been very sad if we had lost. But that is democracy, that is what it means. Somebody wins, somebody loses."

When asked whether the Withdrawal Agreement is what she had envisaged, she said: "I had rather thought it would be a much more hard-edged version, whereby we left on World Trade Organisation terms and started afresh from there.

"I wish Boris well as long as that negotiation doesn't give anything away because there's no need to – the EU is terrified we are going to be a competitor on its doorstep.

"That's what we've got to be and we can't agree that we have a level playing field."

"We've got to be pretty tough about this one."

The UK will leave the EU at 11pm this evening.

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