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Legislators’ protests mar formal opening of European Parliament

WorldNews Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Legislators’ protests mar formal opening of European ParliamentLegislators from right-wing parties, Brexiteers and Catalan independence backers have disrupted the formal opening session of the European Parliament. Some refused to stand as a jazz ensemble started playing the EU’s anthem — Beethoven’s Ode to Joy — while others, notably from the UK’s Brexit Party, turned their backs on the proceedings. There was also a protest against the decision to prevent Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont taking his seat and a defence of the German ship captain being held in Italy in a standoff...
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News video: Brexit Party MEPs Turn Their Backs as 'Ode to Joy' Plays During Opening of European Parliament

Brexit Party MEPs Turn Their Backs as 'Ode to Joy' Plays During Opening of European Parliament 01:40

UK Brexit Party MEPs turned their backs to the chamber as Ode to Joy played in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on July 2, as the new session got underway. The recently formed Brexit Party sent 29 MEPs to take their seats after winning the largest share of the vote in the UK’s European...

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