WATCH: Nigel Farage attacks ‘radicalised’ Remain supporters after being hit by milkshake on EU elections campaign trail

Posted On: 
20th May 2019

Nigel Farage has lashed out at "radicalised" Remain supporters after he was hit by a milkshake while campaigning ahead of the EU elections.

Nigel Farage's milkshake-splattered suit jacket after he was targeted by a protester
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A man threw the banana and salted caramel drink at the Brexit Party leader as he walked around the centre of Newcastle.

The frustrated former Ukip chief was promptly led away by security officials, and was filmed saying: “A complete failure. You could have spotted that a mile away.”

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Mr Farage was then followed and heckled by onlookers, while the man who appeared to launch the drink was escorted away by a police officer.

The incident makes Mr Farage the latest victim of the milkshake protest against pro-Brexit figures, which was sparked after former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was hit in Bury.

Mr Robinson, who is standing to be an independent MEP, was also splashed a day later in Warrington, while Ukip's Carl Benjamin has fallen victim to the act on several occasions.

Mr Farage blamed the incident in Newcastle on anti-Brexit protesters, who he said had been emboldened by politicians who had failed to lead the UK out of the EU on time.

Reports attributed the act to protester Paul Crowther, who afterwards spoke to journalists while he stood hand-cuffed.

According to the Independent, the 32-year-old said of Mr Farage: “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.”

He added: “I do not regret it. It was worth it.”

Mr Farage, whose party currently leads the polls ahead of Thursday’s vote, sparked criticism in 2017 when he said he would “be forced to don khaki, pick up a rifle and head for the front lines” if Brexit was not delivered.