Martin Daubney “liberated” the national flag as Britain’s representatives left the parliament for the final time on Thursday, ahead of Brexit in two weeks time. After Mr Daubney’s pinching of the colours he announced on his Twitter feed that he intended to, “unfurl Jack at Parliament Square on the 31st, so come along and raise a glass!” Explaining the rationale behind the incident that has sparked EU chief’s fury the MEP tweeted: “The EU banned our flag so I removed the Strasbourg Union Flag.”
Mr Daubney, 49, explained he was retaliating over a ban imposed by euro chiefs on miniature flags on members’ desks in the chamber.
The West Midlands MEP told The Sun that there was, “so much anger welled up inside me over the flag ban that 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.
He outlined his sentiment towards the flag and his anger when the European Parliament removed the Union Jack from the chamber.
He said: “Look, a majestic, pan-European coming together of true patriots.
“They put out their flags and refused to remove them.
“Patriotism isn’t a dirty word.
“We need to reclaim it!
“I’m sick of being made to feel ashamed of my national pride by the liberal establishment.”
The action created a flurry of twitter responses.
Some were positive such as one user who tweeted, “Well done Martin, they won’t understand but we all do”.
However, another tweeted sarcastically, “how mature”.
MEP Martin Daubney was elected as a Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2019 European parliamentary election.
He is a former journalist and commentator, he was the longest-serving editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Loaded.