Nigel Farage gets milkshake thrown over him while campaigning in Newcastle

Andrew Cummings
May 20, 2019

Brexit Party leader Nigel gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019.

With a McDonald's just a "few hundred meters" away, police feared that it would become the base-camp for violent demonstrators to stock up on a milkshake arsenal.

Police in Scotland told a branch of McDonalds to stop selling ice cream and milkshakes ahead of a Nigel Farage rally.

A sign posted on the McDonald's window read: "We will not be selling milkshakes or ice creams tonight".

This weird movement reportedly went viral earlier this month when a video showed Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) get dunked by a McDonald's milkshake at a campaign.

Known better as Tommy Robinson, the former head of the English Defence League, Mr. Yaxley-Lennon was struck by milkshakes twice in two days while campaigning earlier this month.

Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin, who is under police investigation for making a "jokey" rape comment about MP Jess Philips, had a milkshake thrown at him on three occasions as he toured Devon and Cornwall.

According to ITV News, an anonymous staff member at the fast food chain found the ban "ridiculous" and did not think milkshakes would be in high demand from political activists.

Writing on Twitter, competitor Burger King said that milkshakes would still be on the menu, adding "have fun".

A statement from Mr Banks to Channel 4 News says: "Channel 4 attempts to smear myself and Nigel, come at a time when the Brexit Party is riding high in the polls, so it should come as no surprise to anyone". The brand later noted they were not endorsing violence.

Mr Crowther said he saw there was a Brexit Party event in the city centre, thought it was an MEP and then saw Mr Farage. Almost three years after the referendum, these are the elections the United Kingdom was not expected to fight.

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