Campaigners from Rejoin EU have floated the idea of setting up a party dedicated to reversing Brexit, with Remainers promising their support. But Mr Tice, chairman of Reform UK, mercilessly ripped their plan apart. He told Express.co.uk that activists obsessed with undoing the hard work of pro-Brexit campaigners and politicians have now become “irrelevant”.
Mr Tice branded them “an irrelevant declining cabal of extremists, who clearly would prefer British people die rather than have vaccines soonest when we need them”.
He said the vaccine chaos “would be amongst the many penalties of rejoining the bureaucratic monster of the EU”.
His rebuke of Remainers came hours after Rejoin EU said they were planning to set up a party to be “the anti-Farage pressure on the Government”.
The group’s comments kicked off a debate on social media on whether their plan was realistic.
One person said: “I’m assuming you won’t just get elected and rejoin.
“So, if there’s another referendum would you go for a straightforward majority or two-thirds majority to avoid the division caused by the 2016 ref?”
Prominent Remain campaigner Jason Hunter used bookies’ odds on the UK heading back into the EU as fuel to forward the cause.
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A second Rejoiner tweeted: “We need to join the single market and the customs union ASAP.
“The EU probably wouldn’t let us rejoin. Who’d blame them?”
The debate comes as Brexit opponents are being urged to identify as European in an upcoming census.
The census will take place on March 21 despite calls for it to be postponed due to the pandemic.
All responses from households in England and Wales will remain on record for a century.
Campaigners from the Stay European group want Remainers to proudly declare their love for the EU on the documents.
The group is urging them to answer ‘European’ in a section about how they identify, instead of the standard options such as British or English.
A message posted on Stay European’s website said: “By writing ‘European’, you’ll be making it clear that you identify as European regardless of what your post-Brexit passport says.
“It sends a message that you still see yourself as part of Europe, valued your European citizenship and want it back – either on an individual basis or by the UK rejoining the European Union.”