"This EP Sash is just right for the silly season if not the marching season," says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul NuttallMEP.
• The European Parliament has today launched an "Official Sash" for Members, according to a communication from the parliament's Protocol Unit.
"MEPs who are interested in purchasing the sash can do so online... from the company that produces them," the email says, noting that "the design of the sash was made in agreement with the Protocol Service of the EP." A leaflet was also attached (reproduced below).
Commenting, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall said: "These people are so pompous they are beyond parody. Just how silly would you feel walking about town in an official European Parliament Sash?
"I can safely say they will not become the must-have fashion item this season. The dance floor at your local club will not be jammed with Official Sash wearing twenty year-olds.
"With 26 million people unemployed in the EU, and 60 per cent youth unemployment in Greece, these Federalist fanatics should not be awarding themselves medals for former MEPs or selling sashes to make people feel ridiculous.
"This EP Sash is just right for the silly season if not the marching season.
"What do Eurocrats hope to achieve with their sash? Perhaps they wish to strangle national democracies with them?"