Triggering Article 50 straight away would have stopped Remainer plot to halt Brexit says Nigel Farage

Mr Farage added: 'The Tories made a complete and utter mess of it'

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On the fifth anniversary of the triggering of Article 50 in the Brexit process, Nigel Farage has said that if the UK had triggered the article "immediately" after the vote, Remainers would not have had time "to build their massive campaign... to basically stop Brexit."

However, Mr Farage took aim at the Conservatives, attributing the blame for the less than immediate triggering of Article 50 to the Tory Party.

He said: "The Tories made a complete and utter mess of it [triggering Article 50].

"... the official Conservative policy [at the time of the referendum] was that we should remain.

"And of course we finished up with a remain Prime Minister in Theresa May.

Theresa May was part of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign to keep Britain an EU nation, alongside the PM that announced the referendum, David Cameron.

David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister.
David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister.

Mrs May was the first Prime Minister to try and bring back a Withdrawal Agreement from Brussels, however Boris Johnson replaced her before completion of the formal withdrawal process.

Mr Farage told viewers: "We should have triggered Article 50 immediately after the referendum - if we had done that, we would not have given the Remainers and the establishment the time to build their massive campaign.

"That campaign that was to basically stop Brexit from happening.

"If Article 50 had been triggered straight away none of that would have happened."

Mr Farage begun campaigning for Britain to leave the EU as a founding member of the United Kingdom Independence Party in 1993 and was elected leader of the party in 2006.