On Tuesday, Brexit Party MEP's pulled a stunt in the European Parliament by turning their backs during the playing of the European anthem in Strasbourg.
The incident was widely ridiculed and criticised on social media with many people calling their mini-protest against the EU, 'childish' and 'embarrassing'.
In an attempt to clarify what happened, Nigel Farage told Sky News that they started by sitting down but were told off and asked to stand as it was the polite thing to do when the anthem of a 'nation' is playing.
Farage and his crew took exception to this and then later branded the EU as 'disrespectful' and full of 'ancient states'
I'll tell you what is disrespectful - taking the ancient nation states of Europe and without asking anyone's permission, and turn it into a country because that's what the president of the parliament called it this morning.
That's really disgraceful and I am not going to stand to attention for this anthem. No way. I'll show respect for any anthem of any other country in the world but not a false creation like this. I think we did the right thing.
Heard some say that Brexit MEPs were “disrespectful” today. I’ll tell you what is disrespectful — taking the anci… https://t.co/zzOQHqQocL— Nigel Farage (@Nigel Farage) 1562081986
So, Farage is basically objecting to an individual's definition of what the EU constitutes, which definitely isn't a singular nation but do we really think that he is really consulting his EU handbook at this point?
However, his claim that the EU is full of 'ancient nation states' didn't exactly fly with some people who took the Brexit Party leader to task with a few stone cold facts about the age of some of these so-called 'ancient states' and the British Empire.
@Nigel_Farage Ancient? Dates of foundation: UK 1801 Belgium 1831 Italy 1861 Austria 1918 Estonia 1918 Ireland 1919… https://t.co/bz7Quknqw0— Anti-Bullshit Alien (@Anti-Bullshit Alien) 1562091029
You're going to lose your shit when you find out about the British Empire. https://t.co/qa4ekUjAvT— Alan Ferrier (@Alan Ferrier) 1562086695
"Ancient nation states of Europe" 1993 🇨🇿🇸🇰 1991 🇸🇮🇭🇷🇪🇪🇱🇻 1990 🇱🇹 1964 🇲🇹 1960 🇨🇾 1922 🇮🇪 1920 🇭🇺 11 of the 28 EU… https://t.co/ibbvwSIZpc— Cas Mudde 😷 (@Cas Mudde 😷) 1562099846
Kinda like the Europeans did in Africa, you mean? https://t.co/ZQ9ouoQpKj— gathara (@gathara) 1562124588
No Nigel, I'll tell you what's disrespectful - taking the ancient nation states of the British Isles and turning th… https://t.co/QSJdBS1BFZ— Rhys Jones (@Rhys Jones) 1562097621
A bit like England did to Wales, Ireland & Scotland. https://t.co/fkIO9f2q3v— 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗻 (@𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗻) 1562094550
@Nigel_Farage The flag and the anthem were adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955 and only adopted by the EC IN 1… https://t.co/DODHEvKUde— 🇪🇺 John Robie 🇪🇺🔶🇪🇺 #FBPA #FBPPR (@🇪🇺 John Robie 🇪🇺🔶🇪🇺 #FBPA #FBPPR) 1562089243
@Nigel_Farage countries previously subjugated by the british empire: https://t.co/cgomTeNm6e— Richard Chambers (@Richard Chambers) 1562134030
As a bonus takedown, pro-EU campaigner Femi asked Farage if he is offended by all classical music, which must make watching some movies difficult.
@Nigel_Farage I'm so sorry that you feel persecuted by a bit of classical music. Watching Die Hard must have been s… https://t.co/DLRci6niL5— Femi (@Femi) 1562087651
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