The Brexit Party leader seized on David Lidington’s attendance at a recent Bastille Day parade in parade, where President Macron called for a European army, as evidence of need for a good clean-up in Downing Street. Mr Farage warned “mass sackings of Remainers like Liddington are badly needed” for the credibility of the UK’s new premier, who will take office next week.
Writing for the Telegraph, the Brexit Party leader argued “mass sackings of Remainers” would have to happen “if Johnson is to be remotely credible as a Leave-supporting Prime Minister”.
Boris Johnson is the Tory frontrunner to replace Theresa May, with the former foreign secretary expected to beat rival Jeremy Hunt to the top job.
Mr Farage also argued Mrs May’s defacto deputy’s attendance at last week’s show of force in the French capital was an insult to the British public who more than three years ago voted to cut ties with the European Union.
Mr Lidington is a staunch opponent of a no deal Brexit and has warned it could pave the way for Scottish independence.
Mr Farage on the other hand has said the “number one” priority of the new prime minister should be delivering Brexit, even if it leads to the break-up of the Union.
He urged the next leader to use the threat of a no-deal in talks with Brussels, telling Express.co.uk: “If Boris Johnson becomes Tory leader next week, he must send some very strong messages to Brussels – and put an end to this quickly.”
The Brexiteer also attacked Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission’s new president, summing her up as an “EU fanatic who wants to extend our membership of this wretched bloc beyond October 31”.
He appeared to suggest she was unqualified for the top job, saying it was her nationality and gender were the main motivating factors behind her appointment.
But he added that despite voting against her appointment, he is “pleased” Ms Von der Leyen won because she could be used as a “pin-up girl” by any future Brexit campaign.
He said: “In fact, by the end of her speech, I felt that Brexit was a little closer to being realised.
“Her vow to ‘stand ready’ to delay Brexit tells us all we need to know.”
The German politician who served as defence minister for the past five-and-a-half years will take up the post in November.