The 751 MEPs elected in the May European elections were sworn in today, including the 29 MEPs from Nigel Farage’s eurosceptic movement. Speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Farage promised a “turquoise takeover” if Brexit is not delivered as he stood alongside his MEPs including Ann Widdecombe and Annunziata Rees-Mogg. The Brexit Party leader said: “We are here to be defiant. We shouldn’t be here at all. We are hoping we are only going to be here until October 31. “And if we have to stay longer than that they’ll know we’re here.
When asked if she had spoken to her brother Jacob Rees-Mogg, she replied: “I haven’t spoken to him since I’ve been here. But he is just as aware as I am that there is one thing we need to do and that is to get the United Kingdom’s Democratic right to leave enacted.
“And we must leave by October 31, as Boris says, if you believe him, by hell or high water.”
The move was support by EU chief Guy Verhofstadt who tweeted a picture of the back of a Lib Dem MEP alongside the caption: “Here’s my view in the plenary of the European Parliament #B******stoBrexit #IamEuropean,” with a smiley face emoji.
The Brexit Party on Sunday unveiled its first 100 candidates ready to stand at a general election – and pledged to have every Westminster seat covered before a new Tory leader is in place.
More than 5,000 supporters cheered the prospective candidates on to the stage at a rally at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, where Nigel Farage hailed the event as “the new politics”.
The would-be MPs, including teachers, an economist and a forklift truck driver, were introduced to the crowd before Mr Farage attacked both the Tory and Labour stances on Brexit.
Additional reporting by Joe Barnes