Labour MEP trolls Nigel Farage with ‘he’s lying to you’ sign
Seb Dance prompted an official complaint from one angry Ukip politician.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was the victim of an innovative form of trolling as he addressed the European Parliament in Brussels.
In a full-blooded speech, the ardent Brexiteer defended Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and accused the European Union being of "anti-American" and "anti-democratic zealots".
Farage also clashed with the debate’s chair who told him to be more respectful. He retorted: “I’ll be respectful all right. Perhaps you will be too for the right of a leader of a political party who won the elections for the European Parliament in 2014."
But as Farage was in full flow, Labour MP Seb Dance switched seats to sit right behind him.
He then held up a sign telling viewers: "He's lying to you."
Dance's protest ended peacefully after he was approached by a parliamentary clerk in a tuxedo and white tie.
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge then launched a formal complaint to the Parliament's president Antonio Tajani.
He wrote: "During the debate today regarding the USA border controls, a member of the British Labour party sat behind Nigel Farage MEP during his speech with a sign making a defamatory personal remark.
"The officials failed to remove him until the end of the speech and when I raised the matter it was not treated with sufficient seriousness by the acting chair."
Dance later told the Business Insider website: "I'm amazed UKIP suddenly want to play by the rules. I took a risk — but I'm happy to accept whatever consequences the Parliament decides on."