'We hate you': Union Jack-waving Nigel Farage launches one final attack on 'bullying' EU

A Union Jack-waving Nigel Farage today launched one final attack on the "bullying" EU in his last European Parliament speech.

The Brexit Party leader said: "We love Europe - we just hate the European Union."

He was joined by fellow Brexit Party MEPs in mockingly waving goodbye with the flags, before filing out of the chamber.

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Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage holds a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage laughs during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, shows off his Union flag socks ahead of a vote on the UK's withdrawal from the EU during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage along with other MEPs wave British flags ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage waves a British flag ahead of a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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British European Parliament member Nigel Farage addresses European lawmakers during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British European Parliament member Nigel Farage, left, and other pro-Brexit British MEP's wave the Union flags during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British European Parliament member Nigel Farage leaves the hemicycle after addressing European lawmakers during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
29 January 2020, Belgium, Brüssel: Nigel Farage (Brexite Party), with a small Great Britain flag, confronts the photographer after he had left the plenary after his speech. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also wants to ratify the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally seal the brexit. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
29 January 2020, Belgium, Brüssel: Nigel Farage (Brexite Party), with a small Great Britain flag, confronts the photographer after he had left the plenary after his speech. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also wants to ratify the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally seal the brexit. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) reacts during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (C) waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage waves a union flag during a European Parliament plenary session in Brussels on January 29, 2020, as Brexit Day is to be set in stone when the European Parliament casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 29: Brexit Party leader and member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage waves a British flag while speaking at a session of the European Parliament in which it is to approve the Brexit deal on January 29, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The United Kingdom is expected to officially leave the European Union on January 31. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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It came ahead of the key vote in which Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement was set to be ratified.

Mr Farage said: "I want Brexit to start a debate across the rest of Europe. What do we want from Europe? We want trade, friendship, cooperation, reciprocity. We don't need a European Commission. We don't need a European court. We don't need these institutions and all of this power.

"I can promise you, both in Ukip and indeed the Brexit Party, we love Europe - we just hate the European Union. It's as simple as that.

"I am hoping this begins the end of the project. It's a bad project. It isn't just undemocratic, it's anti-democratic and it gives people power without accountability: people who cannot be held to account by the electorate. That is an unacceptable structure."

He went on: "No more financial contributions. No more European Court of Justice. No more Common Fisheries Policy. No more being talked down to. No more being bullied. No more Guy Verhofstadt [an anti-Brexit MEP]. I mean, what's not to like?

"We are going to wave you goodbye and look forward to working with you as sovereign..."

Mr Farage was then cut off, with flag waving not permitted in the chamber.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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