Gerard Batten MEP, UKIPs Leader, who made a barnstorming speech to the European Parliament, has now become the target of a campaign by SNP MEP, Alyn Smith, to censure him for “inflammatory” language.
Smith wrote to European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, demanding he take action against Batten. In his letter, he said:
“It is clear that many UK MEPs have used the platform and visibility this house affords them to at best propagate a misleading and skewed impression of the EU and all its works, and at worst to spread language tantamount to hate speech.
“These are not isolated incidents, they are deliberate and sophisticated campaign to undermine our democracy.”
Batten used his speech to tell Jean Claude-Juncker, the EU President that he had “brought Britain to its knees” with the help of a Parliament of “quislings and traitors.” Smith attempted to interject to make a point of order but was swatted away by the UKIP Leader who sits with the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) Group which includes Matteo Salvini’s League Party.
Sanctions that could apply to Batten include a formal reprimand, losing the €320-a-day subsistence allowance for up to 30 days, or being stripped of the right to attend committees and overseas trips.