That’s it in a nutshell.
National leaders must now ‘obey’ Germany, claims Farage as he attacks spectacle of EU flag being ‘goosestepped’ around Brussels to European anthem
- UKIP leader told MEPs the European Union was guilty of ‘naked militarism’
- Speech came in first session of new parliament after May’s EU elections
- He said Cameron had ‘no chance’ of winning fundamental reforms of union
- Came after Farage turned his back as ‘European anthem’ played
- Party said they did not ‘recognise or respect the EU flag or anthem’
- Comes after Martin Schulz chosen by MEPs to carry on as Parliament chief
- The vote was taken in secret sparking accusations of EU ‘carve up’
- Socialist MEP wants more power for Brussels over national Parliaments
- Schulz backed by supporters of Jean-Claude Juncker in ‘backroom’ deal
Nigel Farage today accused MEPs of descending into ‘naked militarism’ by ‘goosestepping’ the EU flag around Brussels.
The UKIP leader accused European leaders of ignoring growing euroscepticism across the continent by pushing ahead with ‘ever closer union’.
The controversial remarks, in the European Parliament today, came after he turned his back as the ‘EU anthem’ was played to open up the new political session yesterday.
Nigel Farage addressed the European Parliament during a debate on the last EU summit, in which the UK lost a vote against Jean-Claude Juncker becoming Commission President by 26 votes to 2
The UKIP leader said David Cameron was ‘whistling in the wind’ if he thought he could convince every other European country to hand powers back to Britain
In his speech Mr Farage said the Prime Minister’s humilating defeat trying to block Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming Commission President proved that Britain would not be able to renegotiate its position in the EU.
He said Mr Cameron was ‘whistling in the wind’ because the master of Europe was Germany’s Angela Merkel who was not going to give way.
Mr Farage said: ‘Dave obviously misunderstood the mood. After some initial encorougement from a few other member states thinking they might block Mr Juncker.