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Following Great Britain’s historic Brexit vote to leave the European Union, British MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage took a stunning victory lap right in front of the very body his party has been working for years to leave.
Admidst the boos, jeers, and taunts that led even German European Parliament President Martin Schultz to implore other members to “listen to those, even if you don’t share their opinion,” Farage scolded the European leaders on their inept leadership, failed policies, and even their own lack of practical experience.
“When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me,” Farage said. “Well I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”
The reason for their obvious anger was “perfectly clear” to Farage. “You, as a political project, are in denial,” he said. “You’re in denial that your currency is failing …” When interrupted by strong boos, Farage pointed to the EU’s inept policies in the Mediterranean. When this drew more boos, Farage sarcastically quipped, “No, no, no — as a policy to impose poverty on Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean, you’ve done very well.”
Farage blasted their lax immigration policies as well, telling the European MEPs they were “in denial over Mrs. Merkel’s call last year for as many people as possible to cross the Mediterranean into the EU has led to massive divisions between countries and within countries.”
Describing the Brexit vote as a way ordinary citizens are taking back their ability to make decisions in their own national interest, Farage said the British people, “rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics, and they said actually we want our country back, we want our fishing waters back, we want our borders back. We want to be an independent, self-governing, normal nation and that is what we have done and that is what must happen.”
“And in doing so,” Farage continued, “we now offer a beacon of hope to democrats across the rest of the European continent.”
In maintaining British desire to continue trade with member nations, The UKIP leader implored members to not seek a trade war with the British, because the “consequences would be far worse for you than it is for us,” mentioning in particular the thousands of German automotive jobs at stake.
After predicting that the UK wouldn’t be the last member state to leave the EU, the British MEP offered a parting shot that got him censured by President Schultz – Farage openly mocked the members by telling them they have never held a “proper job” or “worked in business” or “worked in trade or indeed ever created a job.”
Even though that was probably true, it was a bridge too far for Schultz, who told Farage as much. But the victory lap had already been run, and what a lap it was!
Watch the video below, and be sure to look for where the camera caught member reactions to Farage’s speech:
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