EU Referendum: Farage and Geldof go head to head on Thames

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has joined a flotilla of Brexit-backing fishing boats sailing up the Thames to lobby Parliament to take back control of British waters.

The first of an expected 50 to 60 vessels passed under London's Tower Bridge at around 10am, foghorns sounding.

But they were greeted by boats carrying Remain supporters, including rock star philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, blasting out the song "In With the In Crowd" from a large on-board sound system.

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Farage: 'Disgusting' Geldof is rich laughing at the poor

Leave campaigner Nigel Farage has hit back at Bob Geldof in the Remain camp accusing him of "laughing at poor people".

The Ukip leader said Geldof's protest was "absolutely disgusting".

He told ITV News: "It's like rich people laughing at poor people.

"They are multi-millionaires happy to see the fishing industry [in Britain] go to the wall.

"They are there on their big boat effectively laughing at working communities being destroyed."

He also responded to Geldof's claims he had only ever attended one out of 43 meetings on the issue in European parliament saying they were a "waste of time".

"We've surrendered our waters and there's nothing we can do about it. You cannot do anything from within."

In campaign say Farage is 'no fisherman's friend'

The Remain flotilla, led by Sir Bob Geldof, has branded Leave campaigner Nigel Farage a "fraud" who is "no fisherman's friend".

Shouting down a megaphone, Geldof accused Farage of only ever attending one meeting about the issue in European parliament.

He continued: "You're a fraud Nigel and you should go back down the river because you're up one without a canoe."

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In and Out campaigns clash in Thames flotilla protest

The In and Out camps pass on the Thames. Credit: Pool

The In and Out sides of the EU referendum have clashed at a flotilla protest to take back control of British waters on the Thames.

Nigel Farage, who is leading the Leave campaign, was greeted by Remain campaigner Sir Bob Geldof who blasted out the song "In With the In Crowd".

There were also reports the Remain craft had been targeted with water from a fishing boat's hose.

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