The former UKIP leader turned his attention directly to Mr Macron on his LBC show, gravely claiming that if a long extension was called for in the Brussels summit this evening, all his “worst fears would come true”. Mr Farage said: “I’ve just got a message really for Emmanuel Macron. Which is if you extend this, all your worst fears will come true.
“And if you’re asking for the new crop of MEPs that come here not to vote against your budget or your army or your long term plans – I promise you, if I come back here I’ll vote against every single piece of it.
“So I hope that’s an incentive to get that veto.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said that “for me, nothing is settled, and in particular no long extension”.
Arriving at the summit, Mr Macron said he was “impatient” to hear what Mrs May had to say.
“We must understand today why this request, what is the political project which justifies it and what are the clear proposals?” he said.
Mr Macron said the leaders would need “a lot of calm, a lot of determination and a lot of sang-froid”.
“It is 34 months since the British referendum, and the key for us is that we are able to pursue the European project in a coherent way,” he added.
“I believe deeply that we are carrying out a European rebirth, and I don’t want the subject of Brexit to get in the way of that.”
Mr Macron said it was important for EU leaders to respect the democratic decision of the British people, even if he did not agree with it.
European Council president Donald Tusk has recommended that leaders of the remaining 27 EU countries approve an extension of up to a year, with a break clause allowing the UK to leave as soon as it ratifies its Withdrawal Agreement.
And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that they “may well” go for an extension beyond the June 30 date requested by Mrs May.