Farage And Geldof In Bizarre Thames Flotilla Face-Off

By Londonist Staff Last edited 25 months ago
Farage And Geldof In Bizarre Thames Flotilla Face-Off
Farage's Brexit boats plough towards Parliament. Photo by Andrew Smith in the Londonist Flickr pool

It's just over a week to go before the UK decides whether it leaves the EU or remains — and in London, things have just got weird.

In the strangest political publicity stunt since UKIP leader Nigel Farage nearly killed himself in a plane crash, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has led a flotilla of dozens of trawlers loaded with 'Out' protesters up the Thames, towards Parliament.

Reports tell of the fleet blasting foghorns and flying 'Save Our Country' banners.

But that's not all: in retaliation, 'In' campaigner Bob Geldof has launched his own vessel, armed with pro-Europe supporters, the upshot being a kind of river battle, the like of which hasn't been seen since the Dutch raided the Medway in 1667. It's even been suggested that Farage's flotilla has fired water cannons at Geldof and co.

The flotilla is due to arrive at Parliament in time for Prime Minister's Questions at lunchtime today.

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Last Updated 15 June 2016