Tony Blair slams milkshake attack on Nigel Farage as even Remainers speak out in support of Brexit Party boss

LEADING Remainers today slammed the thug who attacked Nigel Farage with a milkshake.

Tony Blair led a chorus of criticism after pro-EU fanatic Paul Crowther threw a drink at the top Brexiteer in the street.

Nigel Farage the moment after he was attacked with a milkshake in Newcastle
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Even Mr Farage’s fiercest political allies defended his right to free speech after the incident in Newcastle this afternoon.

Crowther, 32, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Ex-PM Mr Blair, a passionate anti-Brexiteer, told LBC that attacking your opponents is “horrible and ridiculous and people shouldn’t do it”.

He added: “I can’t stand this, I really feel very strongly about this. The guy is entitled to his point of view.

“We’ve got to get out of this situation where if you disagree with someone you can stop them speaking, you can disrupt their meetings, you can throw things over them.”

Tim Farron, former leader of the Lib Dems, added: “I’m not laughing along with the attack on Farage. Violence and intimidation are wrong no matter who they’re aimed at.

“On top of that, it just makes the man a martyr, it’s playing into his hands.”

And Anna Soubry, from the Europhile Change UK party, said: “Unacceptable. Wrong. Unjustified. British politics sinks even further in to the gutter.”

Theresa May also condemned the violence – her spokesman said: “Politicians must be able to go about their work and campaign without harassment intimidation or abuse.”

Earlier today Mr Blair defended the Prime Minister and said her opponents should stop trying to boot her out.

He wrote in the Evening Standard: “It is not in the interests of the country that she is removed before Brexit is on a path to resolution.

“And it would be a further calamity – as if we needed any more – to have a Conservative party leadership race in the middle of a continued Brexit impasse.”

Mr Farage was left covered in the dairy drink
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Paul Crowther was arrested over the incident
Reuters


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