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16 June 2016 - Brexit Battle on the Thames

Publié par Marion Coste le 16/06/2016
Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof's rival EU referendum flotillas clash on the Thames
Robert Booth (The Guardian, 15/06/2016)


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 a naval battle, 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 with a high decibel blast of 60s pop music; Geldof called Farage “a fraud” and flicked him the V sign.

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Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof

A ‘Brexit’ Battle on the Thames Between Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof
Russell Goldman (The New York Times, 15/06/2016)
Like so many decisive moments in British history, the question of whether to leave the European Union devolved on Wednesday into a naval confrontation.
Only this time the brawling was on the Thames, the cannons shot only water, and the blare of trumpets came from an enormous speaker system aboard a pleasure cruiser blasting the song “The ‘In’ Crowd.”
This was London, a week before one of the most critical political decisions in a generation.

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Waging War

EU referendum morning briefing: from the Thames to the Tories – it's war
Claire Phipps (The Guardian, 16/06/2016)
How to describe Wednesday, a day when Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof staged a naval battle on the Thames? My colleague Robert Booth was there and sums up the spectacle neatly:
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 with a high decibel blast of 60s pop music; Geldof called Farage “a fraud” and flicked him the V sign.
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Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof’s Class Sunk Without Trace in Battle of the Thames
Owen Bennett (The Huffington Post UK, 15/06/2016)
We are, of course, a sea-faring nation, so perhaps it was apt that the EU referendum campaign took to the water today.
Apt, but still bizarre. Very bizarre, as the two rival campaigns decided to duke it out on the River Thames.
Leading the Leave fleet was Nigel Farage who, having nearly died in a plane crash and almost lost his leg in a car accident, might have thought twice about giving Fate another mode of transport with which to cripple him.
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"16 June 2016 - Brexit Battle on the Thames", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2016. Consulté le 23/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/16-june-2016-brexit-battle-on-the-thames