Published on 28 Jun 2016

Nigel Farage booed and heckled by MEPs

I’m in Brussels, back in the city where David Cameron told EU leaders last December not to worry about the referendum because “I’m a winner”.

 

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The meeting of EU leaders kicks off later today. This morning as a curtain raiser the European Parliament had an emergency debate on Brexit.

In the first hours after the Brexit vote it was Nigel Farage who was Britain’s face to the world. Other more establishment politicians who’d devised the vote or led Leave forces seemed to struggle to find a message to fill the void.

Today, at the European Parliament, Nigel Farage was again defining post-Brexit Britain to the world.

He spoke after the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who greeted him affectionately before, in his speech, wondering aloud what he was still doing there?

The Ukip leader was there, he could’ve guessed, to gloat.

Nigel Farage was booed and heckled by MEPs, not least when he mocked the Euro currency at a time when the pound has known better days.

He insulted them all as strangers to the real world, ideologues in denial and people who’d never held down a proper job.

Then Mr Farage said they should behave like grown-ups and cut a sensible tariff-free deal with the UK.

It wasn’t what you’d call a charm offensive.

And for good measure he was followed by an energised Marine Le Pen. The leader of the Front National praised the British people for telling the EU “where to get off”. She rejoiced at the British referendum result which she wants to replicate in France.

The Front National has been on a programme of decontaminating its hard-right image for some time. Skinheads with Nazi insignia are forbidden from meetings. But Nigel Farage refused to ally with them in the European Parliament because he thought racism was in their DNA.

Marine Le Pen is in opposition (for now) but some heads of government in the EU are also excited by the possibilities thrown up by the British referendum result.

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8 reader comments

  1. Peter Buchanan says:

    If anything Nigel Farage insulting the European Parliament will probably bring the EU countries closer together and alienate the UK even more. What a Buffoon!

  2. Alan says:

    “In the first hours after the Brexit vote it was Nigel Farage who was Britain’s face to the world.”
    Only because the media is determined to publicise an otherwise mediocre figure. Why is associating Mr Farage with all who voted to leave so important? It would be interesting to understand who or what is gaining from such media subservience.

  3. Bruce says:

    Farage & Brexit camp have mandate from 52% of UK voters. EU needs to understand significance of this & fast. Punitive action against UK will only harden feeling of disenfranchisement & turn resentment into outright hostility. That way lies a dark path of civil unrest & far worse.

    Only good outcome now is new Associate membership for UK & retention of EEA status deal soon. UK is now ‘too big to fail’ EU problem. Solution must come from there.

  4. Stuart says:

    I wouldn’t buy a used car from Farage.. a man not to be trusted. Who the he’ll let him into the EU parliament?? they must be mad!!!

  5. ed martin says:

    1 surely farage was actually talking to the UK audience – the euro-parliament fell right into his trap – very poor political nous (know thy audience)

    2 isn’t the liberal party the biggest potential short term gainer – and if so ain’t voters memories short?

  6. Paul Nunnink says:

    He who shall be known as Nigel Ravage from now on……..

  7. Marjorie Kemish says:

    Nigel Farage was booed and heckled, but I also heard quite a lot of cheering and applause.

  8. Oblomov says:

    Apparently the whole point of Farage’s Brexit campaigning was just to have this moment of gloating.So he had a bash at Junckers and all those dreary foreign EMPs and damp rags who’ve been kicking sand in his face for all those years.
    What’s next?
    Nothing! That was what it was all about!

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