Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney mocked the EU’s cheif Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt when he asked: “Can you smell Mr Verhofstadt’s fear?” in a scathing put down on Twitter. The Leave supporting politicians will travel to Strasbourg on Monday ahead of the vote on the next European Commission President on Tuesday.
Martin Daubney MEP tweeted: “Can anybody else smell Mr Verhofsdat’s fear? We will see you in Strasbourg on Monday… and not relent until we Leave the EU & #ChangePoliticsForGood.”
His scathing attack comes after Mr Verhofstadt laid in to Brexit Party MEPs for not turning up to work and insulting people.
He tweeted: “If Boris Johnson thinks Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party MEPs, who don’t turn up to work and insult people when they do, will have any impact on the Brexit negotiations, then he is sadly mistaken.”
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party army descended on to Strasbourg earlier this month, with his 29 MEPs, including Ann Widdecombe and Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sworn in.
And the Brexit Party debut got off to a chaotic start as MEPs turned their backs when the European Anthem was played in a stand of defiance.
The 29 Brexiteer MEPs carried out the orchestrated move as soon as the Ode to Joy began to play.
The move quickly sparked outrage and accusations of disrespect but Mr Farage defended the decision saying he had “no regrets”.
He said at the time: “The orchestra assembled, and everybody stood for the European anthem… the President of the Parliament looked at the Brexit group and said, very pointedly, ‘you should stand up when the anthem of another country is being played’. Country!
“There he was declaring the European Union is a state in its own right. So what they have done is stolen the democratic rights from hundreds of millions of Europeans without even asking anybody if they wanted it.
“So we stood up as he asked and turned our backs, not only as a British gesture, but as a gesture for democracy across the whole of Europe.”
Writing for Express.co.uk on Sunday, Brexit Party MEP Matthew Patten warned of upset as the European Parliament approves or reject Jean-Claude Juncker’s chosen successor as European Commission President – German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen.
He wrote: “MEPs across Europe feel betrayed that the candidate was just dumped on them.
“Suddenly parliamentary bars are buzzing with talk about what can be done to get some democracy into the place. What would happen if parliament rejected the new president? Would its largest political party, the Brexit Party, help?”