Remain campaigners who handed out EU flags as Last Night of the Proms 'in denial over Brexit', Nigel Farage says

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Nigel Farage accused music fans who waved EU flags at the Last Night of the Proms as being “in denial about Brexit”.

Pro-EU activists said they handed out 7,000 free gold and blue flags to concert-goers as they arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

The former UKIP leader insisted those who took part in the demo, which was paid for using cash from a successful crowdfunding campaign, made the event “all about them”.

He told the Guardian: “These people are still in denial over the referendum result. They are trying to make it all about them instead of a great concert. The British people want to leave the EU no matter how many flags they fly.”

‘In denial’: Nigel Farage slammed the protests (Getty Images)

However, demonstrators hailed the Flags at the Proms campaign a huge success.

“We just want to get the message out there that we are not giving up. We want to remain and we want to get that out there as much as we can,” Clive Lewis, 60, a consultant engineer and one of the lead organisers told the newspaper.

Earlier in the proms season remainers who unfurled EU flags over the balcony of the iconic venue were asked to put them away by staff. 

A BBC spokesman told the Guardian: “The BBC Proms is a music platform, not a political one, with the Last Night of the Proms offering a celebration of two months of extraordinary music making. 

“As part of that tradition, flags are permitted in line with the Royal Albert Hall’s guidelines, and as in previous years, we are sure there will be a wide variety of flags on display.”


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