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Brexit is a ‘beacon of hope’ as ex-Australia PM compares EU exit to fall of Soviet Union

Nigel Farage noted Tony Abbott has previously compared Brexit to the fall of the Soviet Union. The Brexit Party leader said the UK has made itself too big to bully as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he won’t bow down to the EU. Mr Abbott went on to say Brexit has become a “beacon of light and hope” for other nations.

Speaking to Nigel Farage on LBC, Mr Abbott said: “The Soviet Union was the heart of totalitarianism, the EU is not that.

“But nevertheless it is a very pervasive system which is not responsive to democracy in the same way, for argument sake, the British government is responsive to democracy.

“You only have to look at the way the EU managed to sabotage the democratic votes in Ireland, France, Portugal and elsewhere to understand that this is not a body which responds readily to the democratic will of its representative’s nations.

“If you vote in the way the EU doesn’t like, the EU’s tendencies is to want to have you vote again and again until you give up.”

Mr Farage added: “We’ve shown ourselves to be too big to bully, I think that’s the truth of it Tony.”

Mr Abbott continued: “Britain is a country that has led the world and it has certainly saved Europe in the past and I think what’s happened is a beacon of light and hope to people everywhere.”

Mr Abbott concluded: “In the end, democracy matters and it is the will of the people that have got to triumph over the big cats of the bureaucracy and that’s what we have had far too much of in the EU over the last 40 odd years.”

The Brexit Party leader added: “I think Brexit begins debate in all the other nations.”

In the same show, Mr Farage revealed the hidden messages behind EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s speech that set out the EU’s vision for a trade deal with the UK.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that reaching a deal was dependent on the UK agreeing to “specific and effective guarantees to ensure a level playing field” so competition “is and remains open and fair”.

Mr Farage shared with his LBC listeners the real meaning behind Mr Barnier’s “code”.

The Brexit Party leader also revealed what the EU’s main argument may be in negotiations during the 11-month Brexit transition period.

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Mr Farage told listeners: “What’s he really saying? He’s saying there must be a level playing field.

“It’s code for regulatory alignment.

“He’s saying we have to have the right mechanisms to make sure that it works.

“By which he means, the European Court of Justice should continue to have a role.”

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