27/11/2022

Images of the piece of paper being pointed at the then-Ukip leader went viral around the world

An iconic homemade sign used to mock Nigel Farage during a European parliament debate is to go on display at a museum in Brussels, The Independent has learned.
The House of European History, which tells the continents story from emergence to integration, will include the object in a special exhibition about Brexit from later this month.
On 1 February 2017 Labour MEP Seb Dance scrawled hes lying to you on a piece of paper with an arrow pointing at Mr Farage, in what he calls a moment of pure rage and anger.
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I decided I had to try to do something and, noticing the empty chair behind him, I made a sudden decision to grab a piece of paper and scrawl a simple message on it, he explained at the time.
The images went viral around the world, tapping into a frustration their opponents felt about Brexiteers conduct before, during, and after the EU referendum campaign.
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The sign will be displayed alongside other objects and documents related to Britains contribution and departure from the European Union. Last Friday the UKs flag outside the European parliament was hauled down and taken to the museum for safe-keeping.
Mr Dance told The Independent: I loaned the House of European History my sign as I thought it provided another side of the Brexit story. 
It is of course (so far) a victory for Mr Farage, but there is and will always be opposition to his brand of politics. 
Its ascendency now is a threat to all of those who believe in liberal democracy, multilateralism and solidarity among nations. 
It was a moment of pure rage and anger against populism and my hope was that it would play whatever small part in making people question what he says.
The incident happened during a debate in which Mr Farage argued in favour of Donald Trumps immigration policy, whose implementation he argued represented genuine democracy.
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Big Ben, shows the hands at eleven o’clock at night
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Nigel Farage speaks to pro-Brexit supporters
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Pro-Brexit demonstrators celebrate on Parliament Square
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The Union flag is taken down outside the European Parliament in Brussels
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Pro-EU campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
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A pro-Brexit supporter jumps on an EU flag in Parliament Square
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EU Council staff removed the Union Jack-British flag from the European Council in Brussels, Belgium
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A pro-Brexit supporter pours beer onto an EU flag
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Pedestrians pass in front of the Ministry of Defence Building on Whitehall, illuminated by red, white and blue lights in central London
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A Brexit supporter shouts during a rally in London
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Pro-EU campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
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Pro-EU campaigners take part in a ‘Missing EU Already’ rally outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
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A large pro-EU banner is projected onto Ramsgate cliff in Kent
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Pro-EU supporters light candles in Smith Square in Westminster
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A man waves Union flags from a small car as he drives past Brexit supporters gathering in Parliament Square
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Pro Europe supporters gather on Brexit day near the British embassy in Berlin, Germany
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Anti-Brexit protester hugs a man while holding a placard
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A decorated, old fashioned fire pump in Parliament Square
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Pro Brexit Elvis impersonator performs at Parliament Square
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Pro EU supporters display a banner ‘ Here to Stay, Here to Fight, Migrants In, Tories Out’ from Westminster bridge
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People celebrate Britain leaving the EU
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Anti-Brexit demonstrators visit Europe House to give flowers to the staff on Brexit day
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Pro Brexit supporter wears a novelty Union Jack top hat outside the Houses of Parliament
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British pro-brexit Members of the European Parliament leave the EU Parliament for the last time
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Jonathan Bullock waves the Union Jack as he leaves the European Parliament
Ukip MEPs made a formal complaint about the sign to the parliamentary authorities. Then-MEP Bill Etheridge described the protest as disgusting and defamatory.
A spokesperson for the House of European History confirmed the sign had been received on loan after it put a call out for historic artefacts relating to the UKs departure.
We are currently inventorising all the objects we received. We will show a selection of the objects in a temporary showcase in the House of European History, in the next one or two weeks, the spokesperson said.
The museum is located in Parc Leopold near the European parliaments base in Brussels. It tells the story of the continents history from the conception of the idea of Europe, through to modernity, via centuries of war and ultimately integration.
Entry to the museum is free and it is designed to be enjoyed in all the EUs languages, with most commentary on displays provided through an audio guide. The museums creation was an initiative of the European parliament and it opened in 2017.