"We stand up for our people, not the EU flag and anthem. We will do everything we can to free ourselves from this corrupt institution." - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments on Schulz election.
•Before the start of the first EP session, 24 UKIP MEPs held a March for Freedom to signify their work for the freedom of people from EU legislation and waste.
At the beginning of the session, as the EU anthem was played, UKIP MEPs stood and turned their back on the EU flag.
Responding to both events, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said: "We don't recognise or respect the EU flag or anthem. They are both symbols of our servitude inside a political union which the British people reject.
"We will do everything we can in the European Parliament to oppose the federalist system which ignores our national democracy and pushes millions of people across Europe into poverty and unemployment.
"We stand up for our people, not the EU flag and anthem.
"National democracy and EU membership are incompatible. We will do everything we can to free ourselves from this corrupt institution."
Regarding the election of Martin Schulz as EP President, UKIP Nigel Farage said:
"There are no losers among the EU elite after this election. Everyone is a winner!
"Of course there is an outbreak of mass hypocrisy. The reason the federalist fanatics gave for appointing Juncker was his party, the EPP topped the poll in the European Election.
"And then they go and appoint Socialist Schulz as president of the European Parliament. This is a big-group stitch up. For them, it's damn democracy – it's all about the carving up of power among the EU elite."