‘What is so offensive about our flag?’ GB News’ Alex Phillips hit out at ‘heavy-handed’ EU

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GB News had its first full day of broadcasting today. The rolling news channel wants to provide “stories that matter to the whole of the UK”. Simon McCoy, who left the BBC earlier this year after nearly 18 years, co-hosted an afternoon programme on the network with journalist and former Brexit Party MEP Alex Phillips.

Ms Phillips told the nation she “thinks her views are reflective of the population”.

The prominent Brexiteer gained particular notoriety in 2019, after former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage ended his European Parliament goodbye speech by waving Union Jack flags.

His microphone was then cut for breaking the rules as the Brexit Party members continued to celebrate.

Ms Phillips immediately attacked the European Union for its attitude towards this act.

She claimed the European Union should consider how it operates if it does not want to see other nations leave.

She told Sky News: “As a group we all decided that we weren’t going to have speaking time.

“We did this to ensure Nigel Farage had his.

“As soon as the little-national flags came out that was it and the microphone was turned off.

“You do think it is rather heavy-handed.

“What is so offensive about national flags?

“Surely this is supposed to be the European Union of nation-states.

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“But increasingly what we are seeing is not even federalism at EU level but just a desire to have the government of Europe.”

She added: “I don’t think that is in the interests of the 500 million citizens who live here.

“I think that if they don’t want to see more countries following in the UK’s footsteps and start breaking away from the European Union, they need to look at scaling back and devolving and actually respecting the plurality and individuality of the states that make up the bloc.”

In his final speech, Mr Farage insisted the UK had shown it was “too big to bully” by sticking to the result of the Brexit referendum.

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Mr Farage said: “I want Brexit to start a debate across the rest of Europe

“I’m hoping this begins at the end of this project.

“It’s a bad project, it isn’t just undemocratic it’s anti-democratic.”

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