Nigel Farage was unsurprisingly furious at the result of last night’s Brexit vote - but the former Ukip leader’s Twitter strop landed him in a rather embarrassing position.
On Wednesday evening, 309 MPs voted in favour of putting into law that MPs would get a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal agreed with Brussels.
Just 305 MPs sided with the government, giving the rebels victory and with it, Theresa May’s first Parliamentary defeat as prime minister.
Some 12 Tory MPs voted against the Government, including vice chair of the Conservative Party Stephen Hammond, who was sacked from the position after his rebellion. However, only 11 are technically rebels as John Stevenson voted both ‘aye’ and no’.
Never one to worry about overdoing the sour grapes, Farage tweeted his displeasure:
My contempt for career politicians knows no bounds.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 13, 2017
He was swiftly put in his place:
And mine for people who travel thousands of miles to endorse a groper of young girls who also happens to be a racist homophobe. Time for a period of silence. https://t.co/5g1XS43nUI— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) December 13, 2017
And few people couldn’t help but see a little irony in Farage’s statement...
You co-founded UKIP when you were 29 and you've been an MEP since you were 35. https://t.co/wHuZnrbbAd— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) December 13, 2017
Nigel Farage has been an MEP for over 18 years. He has been campaigning for a seat in Westminster since 1994. https://t.co/xJYhkdiM4d— Aditya Chakrabortty (@chakrabortty) December 13, 2017
Is it a career if you never win the election tho? pic.twitter.com/vZCeohDXoG— Benny R (@dabeeeenster) December 13, 2017
Nigel Farage, MEP, 1999-present https://t.co/Euo1KOa1cK— Henry Mance (@henrymance) December 13, 2017
Good to see seven time by-election and general election candidate Nigel Farage MEP sticking it to the career politicians...— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) December 13, 2017
You're keeping your £73,000 a year EU pension you're getting as a result of your many years as a career politician, you fatuous duplicitous paedophile-candidate-supporting bellend https://t.co/AjKYm6fGH6— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) December 13, 2017
Nigel Farage, seen here showing contempt for a career politician pic.twitter.com/f5lmNpiuO1— Scott Wilks (@scottwilks) December 13, 2017
Despite standing on seven different occasions, Farage has so far never managed to be elected as an MP.
Farage’s tweet also received wider mockery...
Snowflake!— Tim Farron (@timfarron) December 13, 2017
After Wednesday’s defeat, a government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Parliament has voted for this amendment despite the strong assurances that we have set out.
“We are as clear as ever that this Bill, and the powers within it, are essential.
“This amendment does not prevent us from preparing our statute book for exit day. We will now determine whether further changes are needed to the Bill to ensure it fulfills its vital purpose.”
Jeremy Corbyn described it as “humiliating” for the prime minister.