NIGEL Farage scathingly claimed Theresa May was negotiating a “Chequers minus” deal just hours after the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was “within reach”.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed the country was getting “much, much closer” to a Labour government if the Prime Minister failed to deliver a Brexit plan which had the support of Conservative voters.
Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage claimed that Theresa May was preparing to “sell-out” her Chequers plan in order to reach a deal with the European Union.
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Mr Farage said: “It looks very much folks like there’s going to be a deal next week.
“Those of you that didn’t like Chequers, I’ve got some bad news for you, this is going to be Chequers minus.
“The great sell-out will begin next week.
“I think Jeremy Corbyn is on the ginger ale, rubbing his hands with glee.
“We’re getting much, much closer to a Labour government if Theresa May does not deliver the Brexit that so many Tory voters thought that she would.”
Today, Michel Barnier said he believes a Brexit agreement is “within reach” despite both the European Union and the United Kingdom still at a loggerheads over the thorny Irish border issue.
The EU’s chief negotiator told business chiefs in Brussels that between “85-88 percent” of the withdrawal agreement has been completed in the run-up to next week’s European Council summit.
He said: "An agreement is within reach if we have the negotiations on October 17 at the next council meeting.
"That is why we are interested in maximising an orderly withdrawal and minimising the cost of withdrawal."
Westminster and Brussels remain deadlocked over the Irish border, despite reports emerging about the possibility of a British compromise on the backstop.