Brexit Party protest ‘disgusting, childish and disrespectful’

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Liberal Democrat MEP Caroline Voaden has denounced newly-elected Brexit Party MEPs for turning their backs to the European Parliament’s anthem.

She told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the decision to protest while Ode To Joy was being played was “absolutely disgusting and childish and disrespectful”.

“What they were doing was turning their backs on an anthem being played by young amateur musicians in the chamber,” she said.

“They were disrespecting a parliament to which they were elected democratically.”

She added: “They’re not doing their job. They turn up, they sit down, they turn their backs and they go home.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage wrote on Twitter his party “has already made its presence felt” with the protest.

Fellow Brexit Party MEP Annunziata Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO she has "no shame" over turning her back.

Ms Voaden joined fellow Liberal Democrats in wearing bright yellow shirts emblazoned with “stop Brexit” and “b****cks to Brexit” in parliament.

She has defended her form of protest, and said the party “got our message across”.

“It’s not the first time that people have worn t-shirts in the European Parliament to publicise some cause or another,” she said.

“The reason we did it is because the 16 of us were elected on a manifesto which had that slogan on its cover, we were elected on a manifesto to stop Brexit.”

The Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats polled first and second respectively in European elections held in May.

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