Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof’s rival EU referendum flotillas clash on the Thames

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The Brexit battle took to the waves on Wednesday as Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof commandeered rival Thames cruiser boats for a campaign stunt about EU fishing policy that quickly turned to mayhem.

In what at times resembled (1__), rival leave and remain fleets skippered in spirit by the Ukip leader and the rock star fundraiser skirmished on the fast flowing river between Tower Bridge and the Palace of Westminster. Before it was over, Farage’s flotilla of angry trawlermen campaigning for leave had drenched Geldof’s boat with hoses and angrily boarded it midstream to the dismay of the river authorities. Geldof’s boat almost shredded the eardrums of those on Farage’s vessel (2__); Geldof called Farage “a fraud” and flicked him the V sign.

Ukip chartered Edwardian, a luxurious river cruiser, to support a dozen fishing boats from Brixham, Berwick, Ramsgate and Faversham, all calling for Brexit under the banner Fishing for Leave.

Farage was stopped mid-flow as Geldof’s ship blasted out at earsplitting volume Dobie Gray’s 1964 hit The In Crowd. On board with Geldof was Rachel Johnson, sister of the Brexit campaign leader, Boris Johnson. Geldof then harangued Farage, (3__): “Nigel, you are a fraud.”

Leave campaigners tried to shout back “shame on you”, but were drowned out by the sonic assault. Farage stood at the prow of his boat with his back turned, alongside Kate Hoey, the Labour leave campaigner.

Leave campaign fishing vessels and rival remain inflatables weaved in and out of the mother ships in sometimes reckless manoeuvres, but it was a culture war (4__). Ukip MEP David Coburn declared Geldof’s passengers looked like “the nightclub crowd at Annabel’s”, although they in fact included several Corbynista Momentum activists. Farage’s crew were mostly suited Ukip backers including the insurance millionaire Arron Banks and party aides snacking on prawn sandwiches (5__) while the music to The Great Escape played in the background.

Geldof yelled: “Here are the facts about fishing. Britain makes more money than any other country in Europe from fishing. Two, Britain has the second largest quota for fishing in Europe after Denmark. Three, Britain has the third largest landings.”

Farage strode across the deck of Edwardian and declared Geldof “horrible, disgusting”.

“It’s just insulting to these people,” he said. “Some of these lads have come from the north of Scotland, communities that have never been listened to, where we have seen tens of thousands of jobs lost and a way of life destroyed, and they come here to make their protest and be heard, and they get a multimillionaire laughing at them.”

Geldof angered the fishermen, too, who yelled from their boats that (6__) and were being forced to discard tonnes of catch.

Steve Easton, who fishes off the south coast, shouted angrily about “(7__) going up and down six miles off Brighton and we can’t”.

One fishing boat came alongside Geldof’s boat and drenched it with a hose. According to Bethany Pickering, a remain activist on board, (8__) to “fuck off”. Richard Eves, a fisherman from Leigh-on-Sea, decided to launch a boarding raid on Geldof’s boat using his rusty trawler Wayward Lad.

“We threatened to ram them first and then they let us on,” he said afterwards. “They shit themselves. I was angry.”

Eves climbed aboard in midstream with fellow fisherman Paul Marchant and confronted Geldof. “I just felt that some of the things he was coming out with weren’t facts,” said Marchant. “He was just shaking his head. He said, ‘We’re not against you mate.’ But I said you can dress figures up (9__). That’s why I wanted to go on there and explain to him my point of view.”

Most of this happened in the waters close to Westminster Bridge, from where peers and MPs looked on from parliament’s terraces as TV helicopters hovered overhead. Given the intensity of the battle, it was perhaps no surprise (10__). At the halfway point, Hoey asked to get off but was told she could not. On Geldof’s boat, half a dozen leftwing remain activists disembarked because, according to Pickering who was among them, “these fishermen were working-class people with genuine issues and we didn’t think they should be erased by Bob Geldof”.

(Adapted from The Guardian on 15 June 2016)


A as much as a naval one

B French and Belgians

C with a high decibel blast of 60s pop music

D to say anything you want

E they could not make a living under EU quotas

F a naval battle

G both sides had deserters

H Geldof told the fisherman

I shouting through the PA system

J and sipping white wine


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