Nigel Farage enjoyed a jovial high five with Jean-Claude Juncker before Brussels chiefs revealed plans to increase the EU’s seven-year budget to £1.1trillion (€1.25trn).

Prior to the debate starting Farage and Juncker, who were seated next to each other, shared a joke and a high five.

Bureaucrats will publish the first draft Multi annual Financial Framework, which will run from 2021 to 2027 – the first directly affected by Brexit – and it is thought the loss of the UK’s contribution will have a major impact on the scope of the EU’s spending power from 2021.

Nigel Farage provoked uproar in the European Parliament as he declared “Belgium is not a nation” in an epic tirade at EU leaders for refusing to talk about Brexit and ignoring the will of EU citizens across the bloc.

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