Years after the actual votes were counted, Brexit is still a much talked about and debated issue in the UK. British politician Nigel Farage was a key figure in the Move campaign and remains a prominent figure in the talks.
Farage was out in Newcastle yesterday to speak to locals about issues surrounding the stay or leave debate. While he strolled around the town, a protester took the opportunity to hurl a banana and salted caramel milkshake at the politician.
After he was hit with the beverage, Farage berated his security guards. “It’s a complete failure,” he told them. “You could have seen that from a mile away.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hit by a 'banana and salted caramel milkshake' thrown by a protester in Newcastle pic.twitter.com/usBtF7VAVe
— The Independent (@Independent) May 20, 2019
The thrower of the milkshake has been identified as Paul Crowther, a Newcastle local. He said of the incident, “‘I didn’t know he was in town, I thought ‘this is my only chance.”
Crowther, who was later arrested, said he was repulsed by the way Farage pitches his message. He told reporters, “It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”
Farage has often claimed that he and UKIP on a whole, are not driven by racism. He rebutted the common claim by referring to it as “wholly unjustified and grossly unfair.” The politician also said that the media was to blame for the common narrative. Farage said that he was “really rather bored” with the media’s “obsession” with claims that UKIP is racist.