Brexit boxing battle reverses the referendum result

Written by James Millar on 3 April 2017 in Diary

Another Ukip MEP has got into a fight. But unlike Steven Woolfe's fracas in the European parliament last year this one was all for charity

The Lib Dems have literally floored Ukip in surely the most bizarre political match up of all time. Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott took on Lib Dem activist Toby White in a Brexit bout of chess-boxing. 

The sport sees competitors face off over a chess board before battering each other. They alternate between rounds of chess and boxing until there is a winner either via checkmate or knock-out.

Arnott agreed to take part to raise money for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity. The Leave campaigner attracted £2000 in sponsorship but was knocked out by Toby 'Slowby' White his Remain supporting Lib Dem opponent.

Before the Saturday night bout in Bethnal Green at the aptly named 'Pity The Fool' event White had described Arnott as either "brave beyond question or incredibly foolish" but described his motivation as "noble" in seeking to raise cash for a local charity.

Arnott plays club level chess but had never boxed before, losing two stone as part of his training regime for the event and taking on the nickname 'The tactician'. However White has already taken part in two chess-boxing events and, apparently driven by a thirst for revenge over the Brexit referendum result, he floored Arnott.

It was a far cry from the last time the two parties went mano a mano. In 2014 then Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg took on Nigel Farage in a series of head to head debates over the EU and was broadly judged to have come off second best on points.

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