Nigel Farage and his band of MEPs proudly displayed Union Jacks at their desks during a voting session on a Brexit-wrecking resolution. The protest saw the eurosceptic parliamentarians ignore a recently imposed ban on displaying national flags inside the EU Parliament’s Hemicycle chamber. During this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg, Brexit Party chief Mr Farage voiced his frustration after his deputies were ordered to remove their Union Jack from the venue.
The party’s chief whip, Brian Monteith, was pictured being asked by eurocrats to remove Union Jack flags from their desks in the public chamber.
After today’s protest, he told Express.co.uk: “Unlike many other British MEPs the Brexit Party is here representing the United Kingdom and is fiercely proud of our country, no petty European Parliament rule will interfere with that.
“Banning national flags is a fundamentally anti-democratic move with sinister undertones. For elected members to have their freedom of expression breached is a worrying development.
“I sincerely hope the EU sees sense and embraces its remaining 27 national identities. Failure to do so would accelerate the inevitable fall of their political project.”
Mr Farage bemoaned the flag ban during a recent social media tirade.
He wrote on Twitter: “We have just had our Union Jack flags removed from our desks in the European Parliament, by order of the President.
“National symbols are now banned. Thank god we are leaving.”
EU Parliament officials have unveiled swathes of new rules designed to suppress political views.
Eurocrats are also considering a dress code crackdown after Liberal Democrat MEPs wore “B*llocks to Brexit” T-shirts.
Magid Magid, a Green Party MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, is often spotted inside the chamber wearing shorts and caps.
“Draft proposals for amendments to the Bureau Rules governing access to and attendance in the chamber” has been drawn up to prevent “insulting messages and offensive or discriminatory behaviour”, according to minutes from a meeting of the EU Parliament’s governing body.