Brexit: 'Trouble' in Northern Ireland 'pleasing' EU says expert
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The left-wing firebrand campaigned for Brexit in 2016 and was fiercely critical of efforts to overturn the result of the referendum. He recently came third in the Batley and Spen by-election, winning 22 percent of the vote.
Mr Galloway retweeted a message he posted, in October 2019, with the caption “cruel but true”.
The original post said: “Devotees of the #EU in Britain have become a lavender-smelling cult of soft-shoe shufflers blinded by the stars on their flags to the crumbling corrupt fortress-Europe they defend.
“Brazenly collaborating with the drunk and the saturated in Brussels against their own folk #Brexit.”
Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, but this was repeatedly delayed by parliamentary manoeuvrings.
Formal withdrawal finally took place in January 2020, after Labour were routed at the 2019 general election.
However, until the end of December 2020, Britain remained in a Brexit transition period.
During this time, it was formally out of the bloc, but remained closely tied to Brussels.
Britain continued to pay into the EU budget and remained part of the European single market.
It also carried on enforcing many laws made in Brussels.
The transition period was replaced at the end of December 2020, with Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.
This restored Britain’s position as a fully independent trading nation.
In June Mr Galloway argued Brexit is “necessary” for “building the Britain we want”.
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He tweeted: “There really is no excuse now that we know what we know for the continued infatuation of the ‘left’ with the EU.
“Brexit was a necessary but not sufficient condition for building the Britain we want.”
Mr Galloway has previously been elected as an MP for Labour and the Respect Party.
He currently leads the Workers Party of Britain, a left-wing pro-Brexit group.
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On July 1 he stood for the party in the Batley and Spen by-election, which Labour narrowly won.
Kim Leadbeater was elected with 35.3 percent of the vote, versus 34.4 percent for her Conservative rival.
Mr Galloway, who ran on a “Starmer Out” platform, has said he will launch legal action over the result.
There had been speculation Sir Keir Starmer could face a leadership challenge, if Labour lost.
In May Mr Galloway ran in the Scottish parliament elections for the pro-union All for Unity party.
In total the party took 23,299 votes, equating 0.9 percent of the vote.
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