Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has had the wind taken out of his sails during a pro-Trump rant in the European parliament, with one member holding up a disparaging note while the Brexit champion held forth.
Farage was singing the praises of Trump’s controversial travel embargo and suggesting the American president be invited to speak in the House when Labour MEP Seb Dance decided to rain on his parade.
Dance hid his exasperated expression behind a sheet of notepaper with the words “he’s lying to you” scrawled across it, capped off with an arrow pointing at Farage.
“We had limited time to debate today, so I protested in the only way I knew how at that point, which was to grab a piece of paper, write a very simple message on it and sit behind Nigel Farage during his usual diatribe,” Dance told The Telegraph .
“The usher came over to gently tell me to hold my sign down but I managed to have it up for most of Farage’s speech.
“UKIP often use these clips in isolation on social media and I didn’t want to give him the chance to use his speech without challenge.”
Dance has since retweeted online celebrations of his trolling act, but Farage’s UKIP mates weren’t laughing, with one MEP firing off a complaint to the parliament’s president.
“During the debate today regarding the USA border controls, a member of the British Labour party sat behind Nigel Farage MEP during his speech with a sign making a defamatory personal remark,” Bill Etheridge wrote.
“The officials failed to remove him until the end of the speech and when I raised the matter it was not treated with sufficient seriousness by the acting chair.”