A Brexit Party MEP has causes EU fury by pinching the European Parliament’s Union Jack as his final act in Strasbourg.
Martin Daubney “liberated” the national flag as Britain’s representatives left the Parliament for the final time on Thursday.
It had hung alongside the 27 other members states’ colours in the building’s entrance.
The West Midlands MEP said: “ We decided to liberate our flag. We called it Operation Liberate Jack.”
“Nobody tried to stop me. I expect I’ll get a slap on the wrist somehow, but it will be a price worth paying.”
Mr Daubney, a former editor of men’s magazine Loaded, added: “I’m happy to make a donation to a charity of their choice for its cost, but I’m not going to return it.”
“Jack belongs in Britain, Jack will not be going back to Strasbourg.”
The MEP has taken the flag back to his London home and laid it on his bed.
He plans to unfurl it on the stage of a rally in Parliament Square organised by Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage on the night of January 31 to mark the moment of Brexit, at 11pm.