The former Ukip leader, who still leads a group of MEPs in the European Parliament, declared his staunch support for President Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
He told the Strasbourg chamber: “What has happened here is somebody has stood on a manifesto for election, got into office and within one week said that he will hold faith with his own electorate. It is called genuine democracy.”
Mr Farage then launched a furious attack on the EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini – who had earlier opened the European Parliament’s debate on the new US travel restrictions and Syrian refugee ban by voicing the EU's opposition to it.
Mr Farage said: “Unlike the system we have in the European Union where the unelected commissioners like Mogherini here, have the sole right to propose legislation.
“So I’m sure that it’s a great shock to you to see that a genuinely elected democrat is doing what he was put in to do.”
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A fellow MEP held up a sign behind Nigel Farage as he spoke
If I’m wrong in saying that you can throw me out of this parliament, right here, right now, this afternoon
The Brexit campaigner’s comments sparked an intervention by the European Parliament’s chair, who insisted both the chamber and European Commission have “institutional functions” as he demanded Mr Farage “be polite”.
But, in an angry outburst sparking a second intervention, Mr Farage responded: “Out of institutional respect for the truth Mr President, perhaps you will understand and agree with me that within the European Union form of law-making it is the unelected Commission that have the sole right to propose legislation.
“If I’m wrong in saying that you can throw me out of this parliament, right here, right now, this afternoon.”
He added: “I’ll be respectful alright, but perhaps you will be too for the right of the leader of a political party that won the European elections in the United Kingdom in 2014.”
The UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban
Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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People demonstrate during a protest at Downing Street in central London against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
As he spoke, a fellow MEP held up a sign reading ‘He’s lying to you’ behind Mr Farage’s back.
Mr Farage, who was the first British politician to meet President Trump following his election to the White House, finished his speech by urging MEPs to offer an invitation to the new US leader to visit the European Parliament.
He said: “I’m sure as democrats you’d all agree that what we need to do is to have an open dialogue with the newly-elected, most powerful man in the world and if you throw that rejection back in my face then you prove yourselves to be the anti-democratic zealots that I always thought you were.”