On Tuesday, MEPs voted Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to be the new EU Commission president, winning by a margin of 383 votes to 327.
Von der Leyen launched into a speech about the importance of the European Union, and Nigel and his party’s response has been less-than-gracious.
The 60-year-old needed the backing of at least 374 MEPs to succeed standing president Jean-Claude Juncker and will take on her new role on 1 November.
After her victory, the centre-right politician said in a speech to the European Parliament:
The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe.
Your confidence in a united and strong Europe, from east to west, from south to north.
It is a big responsibility and my work starts now. Let us work together constructively.
When she began talking about a “member-state deciding to leave the European Union,” she was interrupted by jeering and cheers from Brexit party MEPs including Nigel Farage, who slammed his hand on the table repeatedly.
Van der Leyen smiled knowingly at the rabble before soldiering on and stating the following:
This is a serious decision, we regret it. But we respect it.
Farage’s behaviour follows comments he made about the new EU president – the first woman to hold such a position – in which he claimed she had no “legitimacy”.
That, too had gone down like a lead balloon, with people swiftly criticising the Brexit party leader. The vote roughly worked out as a 52 per cent victory for Von der Leyen.
But 51.9% in an advisory referendum won on false promises, broken electoral laws and lies should never be questione… https://t.co/qrhIvVZTzI— David Lammy (@David Lammy) 1563347789
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