An ex-Brexit Party MEP has been ruthlessly trolled for claiming to “believe in free movement and free trade” – and suggesting that the EU is “crazy” to “restrict freedom of movement from Brits as much as you do”.
Lance Forman, who resigned the Brexit Party whip to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the 2019 election, tweeted that he didn’t believe Brexit will have “a negative economic impact”.
“I don’t think we can measure the impact of 40 years of being in the EU with three months of being out,” he said. “I have not taken away your rights. The EU have. I believe in free movement and free trade.”
He added: “I think the EU are crazy to restrict FOM from Brits as much as you do. I don’t think it will be forever.”
Forman was, predictably, chastised on Twitter for spouting “nonsense”. Dragons Den star Deborah Meaden said: “Remember when I told you this would happen and you told me it wouldn’t?”
Other incensed Remainers were in awe at the “utter stupidity” of Forman’s tweets. Here are some of the best reactions.
It was the UK govt who took away our rights to FOM Lance. You campaigned for it, voted for it and made sure we left the Single Market.— Emma Kennedy? (@EmmaKennedy) April 6, 2021
I don’t know where to even start with this nonsense. https://t.co/hp7lgmpNTn
Define great… https://t.co/5zoX0on9oZ— Femi? (@Femi_Sorry) April 5, 2021
I think the EU are crazy to do the exact thing I campaigned for, voted for, convinced others to vote for and told people wouldn’t be a problem and wouldn’t affect them. https://t.co/C42Wwju1Qk— Jim Cognito (@JimCognito2016) April 5, 2021
Not a parody account. https://t.co/CfuTdEQzuY— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) April 5, 2021