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Ardee’s McGuinness tells Farage to “leave and take your flags with you”

Mairead McGuinness
Ardee woman Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice President of the European Parliament.

Ardee woman and First Vice President of the European Parliament had to put manners on The Brexit Party MEP Nigel Farage during a MEP debate of the Brexit bill in Brussels today, telling the controversial former UKIP leader to ‘take his flags and go’.

Farcical scenes had broken out during a plenary session on Wednesday afternoon when Farage and a group of British MEPs, including Anne Widdicombe, stood up and started waving mini flags.


“We are going and we will be gone,” Farage said during his time on the floor. “That should be the summit of my political positions. My view of Europe has changed since I joined. I became an outright opponent of the entire European project. I want Brexit to start a debate across the rest of Europe.

“In UKIP and indeed the Brexit Party, we love Europe we just hate the European Union,” he added to applause from his colleagues. “It’s undemocratic, it’s anti-democratic.”

At the end of his speech to the European Parliament, he led his British colleagues in standing up and waving flags before his microphone was cut off.

Fine Gael MEP McGuinness, who was chairing the meeting, said; “If you disobey the rules, you get cut off. Could we please remove the flags?”

McGuinness was forced to speak over applause and hoorays, forcefully telling the British MEPs to “please sit down, resume your seats.

“Put your flags away, you’re leaving. And take them with you if you’re leaving now,” she added.

McGuinness then proceeded to admonish Farage for stating that he ‘hated’ the European Union. “The word hate was used in the last contribution. I really think, given what we listened to earlier, we should not hate anyone or any nation or any people.”


The European Parliament gave it’s final approval to Britain’s deal on Wednesday, paving the way for Britain to leave the European Union on Friday, January 31. When the approval was confirmed, the chamber broke out into song as MEPs sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’. 621 members voted for the Brexit deal, 49 against. There were 13 abstentions.

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