The respective Remainer and Brexiteer clashed on Good Morning Britain hosted by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, rowing over whether Brexit would be good for the UK. Former Ukip leader Mr Farage said that the UK’s decision to leave the EU would give the country freedom. He said: “We want to run our own policies, run our country and by the way, reach out to a bigger world than Europe. That is what is so exciting about Brexit.”
But former Labour Party spin doctor – Mr Campbell – questioned Mr Farage.
He said: “Is the first step of Global Britain to come out of the biggest market in the world? How does that make any sense at all?”
Mr Farage responded: “Because we have to pay a net £10billion a year to be part of a market that overregulated our industries and that makes us less competitive.
“We are taking back control, it’s great, why are you so miserable? We are getting back our independence it’s great!”
Tony Blair’s former colleague said he was “worried” about the consequences of Brexit.
He said: “I am not miserable, I am genuinely worried that we have committed, and you have helped bring about, an act of economic and political suicide and that we are going to go into rapid decline.”
But Mr Farage accused his Remainer counterpart of “loathing democracy” as the two came to blows over the issue.
He said: “How is it political suicide to make your own laws in your own country? Do you loathe democracy so much? What is wrong with running your own country?”
Mr Campbell accused prominent Brexiteers of lying during the 2016 referendum campaigns, and hit out the infamous ‘£350million for our NHS’ bus.
He said: “When are you people….when are you Johnson and Gove going to be held accountable for the pack of lies you told?
“Are we going to stay in the customs union or not? Did Boris Johnson say we would? Yes he did – £350 million for our health service, are we going to get it or not?”
In 2016 the UK Statistics Authority found the £350 million claim as “potentially misleading” as it didn’t take into account the rebate which is applied before Britain pays its contributions to the EU.
Mr Farage replied: “Shall I tell you what the biggest lie is? You told us it was a common market, it was about trade…fifty years of lies.”
The argument came in 2017 just before then Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 to commence the Brexit process.
Mr Campbell warned that, despite the UK having already made its decision at the ballot box, Brexit could be stopped.
He said: “The British people in a democracy have expressed their will but they have the right to change their mind.”
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Mr Campbell insisted: “Brexit can be stopped.”
But the prominent Brexiteer sat opposite him accused the Remain side of lying.
Mr Farage said: “The war is over. Come out of your foxhole. You’re right about one thing, people have changed their mind and they are [allowed to].
“Millions have realised the pack of lies [told by Remain], the stock market is down.”
Three years and two Prime Ministers later, the UK has left the EU – much to the annoyance of Mr Campbell.
On Brexit Day, Mr Farage said: “At last the day comes when we break free. A massive victory for the people against the establishment.”
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