In a speech in the European Parliament, the leader of the Ukip MEPs said Theresa May’s deal was a “good deal” for Brussels but loathed in the UK. He said: “It is a good deal for the European Union. For the UK, I think it is probably the worst deal in history.” Addressing the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Farage added: “Mr Barnier, I have to say, I wish you were on our side really, because it is game, set and match to you.
“You probably can’t even believe your luck that you came up against a British Prime Minister who met every single demand of yours while at the same time trying to deceive the British public.
“And you took it to the big summit on Sunday and in 38 minutes it was all agreed and it was done and dusted, and off to lunch.
“Well, I have to say we will be leaving on March 29 next year but any illusion at home that we are going to be an independent country, I am afraid, has been shattered.”
Mr Farage warned that threats from French President Emmanuel Macron over UK fishing rights showed that Britain would continue to be bullied by Brussels and “very much open and at your mercy”.
Predicting the deal will be rejected in the Commons in a crunch vote by MPs on December 11, the former Ukip leader added: “And that is why this is going to fail in Parliament and probably fail by a very big margin.
“Mr Barnier, you say this is the only possible deal, but this deal isn’t going to be accepted.
“So perhaps we all need to grow up and actually recognise that there is a strong chance now of the UK leaving on March 29 on a World Trade Organisation no deal. We need a negotiated deal to deal with sensible border issues.
“I wonder Mr Barnier, are you prepared for that? Because you seem this morning to have assumed that the British Parliament is going to ratify that.”
Later, Mr Barnier told the plenary session inthe Parliament that the deal agreed with Mrs May was the only one possible.
Speaking to a near-empty parliamentary chamber, the diplomat said: “Given the difficult circumstances of this negotiation and given the extreme complexity of all the issues of the British withdrawal, the deal that is on the table this deal is the only one and the best possible.”
He added: “Now is the time for ratification.
“It’s not a question of winners and losers because Brexit is a lose-lose. There is no added value.
“I am convinced we will be able to work together for a real and unprecedented partnership.”