Nigel Farage, who has been an MEP since July 1999, said it has been an “amazing journey” being part of the European Parliament. But the Brexit Party leader is pleased the UK is finally leaving the EU. Mr Farage even said he would miss the drama and being shouted at by Guy Verhofstadt.
Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: “This is my last few minutes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg having first walked through the doors in July 1999.
“In four different decades I’ve been here in this place and in a few minutes I’ll be gone, never to return I suspect.
“It’s been an amazing journey. A lot of its been fun. A lot of its been quite heated.
“I shall miss the drama of the place, I shall miss being shouted at by Guy Verhofstadt, mocked by hundreds many times over.
Nigel Farage bid farewell to European Parliament on Wednesday night
Nigel Farage has been an MEP since July 1999
“But politically I’m pleased we are leaving. This is my last day.
It comes as the Brexit Party has been campaigning for Big Ben to ring its bells at 11pm on Brexit Day, January 31.
But the House of Commons Commission said it would cost £500,000.
The LBC host was stunned as Mike, a former project manager in Parliament, revealed the sound of Big Ben is entirely computerised and all that is needed is a supervisor.
Nigel Farage even said he would miss Guy Verhofstadt
The Brexit Party leader questioned his reasoning behind the huge cost the House of Commons Commission came up with.
Mike said on the show: “Definitely. I’m a big Brexiteer but just to say, I was fortunate enough to work in Parliament for a couple of years.
“One of my jobs there was to project manage the extraction of clock mechanism itself and to replace it with the electric motor that’s up there now.
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“I can’t believe the cost that you’re talking about, it’s unbelievable.
“I can only believe they’re trying to claw some of the money back because it’s so over budget.”
Mr Farage asked: “Are they trying to inflate the cost to try put us off having Big Ben from bonging?”
Mark added: “The ability to to strike the clock is all computerised now, so you could do it from your bedroom on a computer.
“The only thing you will need is one of the clock mechanics to supervise it but other than that I cannot see where this price is coming from.”