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Angry exchanges in Brussels

MEP urges Brussels: ‘Do not let Scotland down’

Alyn Smith (seated) receiving a standing ovation
Alyn Smith (seated) receiving a standing ovation

* SNP member issues passionate appeal
* Nigel Farage tells fellow MEPs: ‘You are in denial’
* Cameron says Britain not turning it back on Europe
* Merkel issues warning to Brexiteers

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith brought his fellow members to their feet today as they gave him a standing ovation for an impassioned speech in the European Parliament.

After UKIP leader Nigel Farage accused his fellow members of ‘being in denial’, a visibly angry Mr Smith said Scotland would ‘not let you down’, prompting his colleagues to cheer and applaud.

Mr Farage (below) was booed and jeered as MEPs poured scorn on him and the Leave campaign.

One called on him to apologise for the tactics he used during the campaign and said: “Shame on you.”

Mr Farage responded by attacking those around him in the chamber. “When I came here 17 years ago, and said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say you are not laughing now, are you?

“The reason you are all so upset is…you as a political project are in denial.”

Nigel Farage euro parlMr Smith responded by saying there are “a lot of things to be negotiated” adding that it was a time for “cool heads and warm hearts”.

Raising his voice, he said: “Please remember this: Scotland did not let you down. Please, I beg you, do not let Scotland down.”

The exchange came as Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Brussels for talks on Britain’s planned withdrawal from the European Union.

Jean Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, told the parliament he wanted the UK to clarify its position quickly. “We cannot allow ourselves a long period of uncertainty,” he said.

Mr Cameron said that while Britain was leaving the European Union he didn’t want Britain to turn its back on Europe.

Speaking in the Bundestag in Berlin, German chancellor Angela Merkel warned Britain that anyone who wants to exit Europe can do so but cannot assume they can give up their duties and continue to keep their privileges.

She said anyone who wants free access to the single market will have to accept other obligations, such as free movement.




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