Farage Does Brexit Victory Lap In EU Parliament: ‘You’re Not Laughing Now, Are You?’

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U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) leader and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage took a moment in the European Parliament Tuesday to gloat about his Brexit victory.

Farage rose up to the sound of loud boos from his parliamentary colleagues, and gleefully said “Good morning,” to them. European Parliament President Martin Schulz had to intervene over the booing and asked the MEPs to listen to Farage.

The soon-to-be-unemployed MEP is one of the leaders of the Brexit movement and ultimately worked himself out of a job when the Leave [the E.U.] campaign won by over one million votes Thursday.

The UKIP Leader recalled that he had long pushed for the United Kingdom to leave the EU despite his co-workers’ laughing at the time. Farage then rhetorically asked the MEPs, “you’re not laughing now, are you?”

Booing continued as Farage told them that they were, “as a political project, in denial.” Farage specified that the MEPs were “in denial that your currency [the Euro] is failing.”

Former metals broker and small business owner Farage told the roomful of MEPs, “I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed, ever created a job.”

Schulz interjected, admonishing Farage for insulting his fellow legislators and once again asking parliamentarians to quit booing while the British MEP was speaking.

Farage, who is the co-chair of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the EU Parliament, called Brexit, “a remarkable result, a seismic result.” According to Farage, Brexit means that voters “rejected big politics.”

The U.K. joined the EU in a referendum in 1975.

The U.K. is now “a beacon of hope to democrats across the rest of the European Continent,” according to Farage. “I’ll make one prediction this morning, the United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union.”

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with his European counterparts Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the U.K.’s transition process. Cameron’s meeting will be the first time he has had to deal with fellow European leaders in the wake of the Brexit vote.


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