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Britain’s Most Controversial Politician Mocks European Parliament

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To boos and heckles, U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage insulted fellow lawmakers on Tuesday, telling them they are “in denial” during his first appearance at European Parliament since Britain voted to leave the E.U.

“Isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign go get Britain out of the E.U., you all laughed at me,” gloated the controversial right-wing leader during his speech at an emergency session of European Parliament in Brussels. “Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”

He continued to mock European Parliament in his monologue, telling the Ministers of European Parliament (MEPs) that “virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives.”

In light of the pound tumbling to a 30-year-low in reaction to Thursday’s referendum results, Farage also claimed, to loud laughter around him, that it would “be far worse for you than it would be for us” if Europe refused to give a good trade deal to the U.K.

He called last Thursday’s vote— where 52% voted to leave the economic bloc— a “seismic result, not just for British politics, but for European politics [and] perhaps even for global politics too.” Farage also warned that the U.K. would not be the last member state to leave the E.U.

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