Farage's Belgium jibe met with World Cup warning for England

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Former PM Guy Verhofstadt hits back after ex-Ukip leader says Belgium is ‘not a nation’

Politics and sport is rarely a comfortable mix. And that was the case for Nigel Farage after he belittled Belgium’s claim to be a nation state during a debate with the country’s prime minister, Charles Michel, in the European parliament.

Responding to a speech by Michel championing the European project, the former Ukip leader told MEPs: “Belgium is not a nation, it’s an artificial creation. The truth is there are two parts of Belgium, they speak different languages, they dislike each other intensely, there’s no national TV station, there’s no national newspaper – Belgium is not a nation.”

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