THE FINAL appearance of British MEPs in European Parliament descended into chaos this week after the MEP chairing the session shut down Brexit Party politicians and refused to let them speak.
By Oli Smith
Brexit Party MEPs chanted “let him speak” after a German MEP chairing their last session in the European Parliament shut down one of their MEPs. The chaos erupted when Italian MEP Marco Zanni questioned why he and his colleagues were no longer allowed to display national flags on the desks in front of them. German MEP Katarina Barley, who was chairing the session, replied that it was against the rules, as set out by the European Parliament’s president, David Sassoli.
This prompted backlash from the Brexit Party MEPs, with their party whip Brian Monteith quickly standing to raise a point of order.
However, Ms Barley told him that he couldn’t raise it until he and his colleagues had removed the Union flags from their desks.She insisted that the British MEPs would have to put away the flags from their desks to be heard.
This led to Brexit Party MEPs erupting in a chant demanding that the European Parliament chair “let him speak”. Promoted Story
A German MEP chairing the European Parliament shut down one of the Brexit Party MEPs (Image: IG)
Party whip Brian Monteith stood to raise a point of order. (Image: IG)
Ms Barley refused to back down, insisting that the Brexit Party MEP was not allowed to speak until he followed EU orders.
She insisted: “We won’t continue the discussion until you follow the orders of the President.
“You are the ones that not letting him speak. You are not following the orders of the President.”
The incensed German MEP was praised and applauded by the other MEPs in the Strasbourg session.
The incensed German MEP was praised and applauded by the other MEPs in the Strasbourg session (Image: IG)
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Ms Barley has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2019 and is a strong ally of Angela Merkel.
Ewa Kopacz, the vice president of the European Parliament, backed Ms Barley, adding: :Sorry colleagues but you are not letting him speak, because you are not following the orders of the president so just do so and we’ll let him speak.”
Following the uproar, Nigel Farage tweeted: “We have just had our Union Jack flags removed from our desks in the European Parliament, by order of the president.”