EUROSCEPTICS in Brussels toasted the triggering of Article 50 with cake and cava — as Nigel Farage celebrated over a pint in Westminster.
Members of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group — which includes Ukip — hosted a lunchtime celebration yesterday at The Old Hack pub, opposite the European Commission’s Berlaymont building.
David Coburn, Ukip MEP for Scotland, admitted the celebrations had been ‘very liquid’, adding: ‘There’s been an awful lot of chocolate cake going around and I have had more than my fair share.
‘It’s the beginning of the end of the European Union and I think that’s a great thing, not just for us but for Europe.’
He was interrupted by Camille Dressler, a French citizen who lives in the Hebrides, who told the MEP: ‘I despise you, you have destroyed what we have here and you ought to resign.These people have distorted the whole public discourse.’
Meanwhile Mr Farage was enjoying himself as he celebrated the triggering of Article 50 with a few al fresco pints of beer. The former Ukip leader, wearing Union Jack socks, chatted to journalists outside a pub a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament.
‘Today’s the day, for me, that after 25 years of campaigning, the impossible dream came true,’ he said jubilantly. The MEP, who was heckled by a passer-by as he spoke, added: ‘It’s a big day.’