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Nigel Farage and his Brexit party MEPs turned their backs during the playing of the European anthem at a ceremony to mark the opening of the European parliament.
As a saxophone quartet and opera singer performed Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in the Strasbourg chamber on the first day of the new parliament, the 29 Brexit party MEPs turned away from the group to face the back wall.
The European parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, rebuked those MEPs who did not immediately get to their feet. “[It] is a question of respect; it doesn’t mean that you necessarily share the views of the European Union. If you listen to the anthem of another country you rise to your feet.”
Labour’s leader in the European parliament, Richard Corbett, later described the move as pathetic.
A spokesman for Tajani told CNN that even if people disagree with the European Union, turning away for the anthem shows a "lack of respect."
Justifying his gesture on the BBC, Brexit Party MEP David Bull said "I think it was still the right move," because it is “not a national anthem, it is a federal anthem, and we don't believe in the federal Euro-state.”
Center-right French MEP Nadine Morano called the gesture "outrageous" and "unacceptable." She said: "Those are people who will get paid to break Europe," adding that Farage is "a clown.
Speaking to Euronews, Farage said he refused to show "respect for foreign anthems that have been forced upon us."
Many internet users reacted vocally in support or against this gesture, with most visible reactions on twitter.
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