The call to “lock him up” comes after a tweet in which Mr Verhofstadt wrote “Europe has a fifth column in its ranks: Putin's cheerleaders who want to destroy Europe & liberal democracy from within: Le Pen, Wilders, Farage, Orbàn, Kaczynski, Salvini use Kremlin money & intelligence. Like Farage's friend Arron Banks, who colluded with Russians to deliver Brexit”
Mr Verhofstadt’s claims that the founder of the leave campaign, the businessman Arron Banks, has not gone unnoticed by Mr Bank’s supporters. Two years ago a majority of people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. Negotiation on the so-called Brexit are currently under way.
Mr Banks has reported Mr Verhofstadt for libel. The leave.be website is asking supporters of the UK leaving the EU for financial support to help it in its “fight against the Brussels elite” and to ensure that Brexit is achieved.