- Nigel Farage delivered final speech in the European Parliament this afternoon
- He launched a savage attack on the EU and promised UK would never be back
- But he was cut off because Brexit Party MEPs started cheering and waving flags
- Came as MEPs voted on Brexit deal, clearing the way for UK to leave on Jan 31
Nigel Farage was cut off as he delivered his final speech in the European Parliament this afternoon because he and his Brexit Party MEPs started to wave Union flags.
Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness switched off Mr Farage’s microphone as he was finishing his address as she told the party’s MEPs to ‘put your flags away, you are leaving’.
The cheering Brexit Party contingent then proceeded to get up and walk out of the chamber.
The stormy clash took place as MEPs rubberstamped the Brexit divorce deal – the final hurdle which needed to be cleared for the UK to leave the EU at 11pm on January 31.
The debate before the vote saw numerous MEPs break down in tears as Britain was given an emotional send off.
Concluding his remarks, Mr Farage said: ‘I know you are going to miss us. I know you want to ban our national flags but we are going to wave you goodbye and we will look forward in the future to working with you…’
At this point Mr Farage and his party colleagues started to wave Union flags but his microphone was immediately cut off.
Nigel Farage had his microphone cut off as he concluded his address in the European Parliament this afternoo because he and his Brexit Party MEPs started waving Union flags
Ms McGuinness said: ‘If you disobey the rules you get cut off. Could we please remove the flags. Mr Farage. Can we remove the flags please. Can I please ask for quiet.’
Brexit Party MEPs then started to clap and cheer as Mr Farage could be heard saying: ‘That’s it. It is all over.’
His MEPs then proceeded to give their leader three cheers of appreciation, prompting a further rebuke from the chair.
Ms McGuinness snapped: ‘Please sit down, resume your seats. Put your flags away you are leaving. And take them with you if you are leaving now. Goodbye.’
Mr Farage had used his speech to tell the European Parliament that this was the ‘final chapter, the end of the road’ for the UK and the bloc after a 47 year ‘political experiment that the British frankly have never been very happy with’.
The veteran Eurosceptic, who was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999, said: ‘What happens at 11pm this Friday, January 31 2020, marks the point of no return, once we’ve left we are never coming back and the rest, frankly, is detail.
‘We are going, we will be gone and that should be the summit of my own political ambitions.
‘I walked in here as I have said before, you all thought it was terribly funny, you stopped laughing in 2016.’
Mr Farage initially sat down after he was cut off and he could be heard saying: ‘That’s it. It is all over.’
Mr Farage hit out at the bloc as he said it had a history of making people vote on an issue a second time if it did not like the result of the first ballot.
But he said the ‘British are too big to bully, thank goodness’, adding: ‘We love Europe. We just hate the European Union. I am hoping this begins the end of this project.’
Mr Farage suggested that the ‘anti-democratic’ bloc was not in tune with what modern voters are looking for.
‘You may loathe populism but I will tell you a funny thing, it is becoming very popular,’ he said.