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"Mr President, I feel like I am attending a meeting of a religious sect here this morning. It is as if the global revolution of 2016 – Brexit, Trump, the Italian rejection of the referendum – has completely bypassed you. You cannot face up to the fact that this bandwagon is going to roll across Europe in these elections in 2017. A lot of citizens now recognise that this form of centralised government simply does not work, whether it is the miseries inflicted upon a country like Greece by the euro, the unemployment caused by bad regulation, or the feeling that none of us are as safe in our cities because of the disastrous common asylum policy. But at the heart of it is a fundamental point. Mr Verhofstadt this morning said the people want more Europe. They do not: the people want less Europe. We see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership. But something more fundamental is going on out there. Yes, you can say they are lying and I have no doubt that many of you here, when you hear what I am about to say, will probably despise your own voters because last week the reputable group, Chatham House, published a massive survey from ten EU Member States and only 20% of people want immigration from Muslim countries to continue. Only 20% want us to continue allowing people in from Muslim countries – which means your voters have a harder-line position on this than Donald Trump, myself, or frankly any party sitting in this Parliament! That is where we are going and I simply cannot believe that you are blind to the fact that even Mrs Merkel has now made a U-turn and wants to send people back. Even Mr Schulz thinks that it is a good idea. The fact is, the European Union has no future at all in its current form and I suspect you are in for as big a shock in 2017 as you were in 2016."@en1

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