Prime Minister Tony Blair clashed with UK Independence Party (UKIP) members of the European Parliament, yesterday in a debate rounding up the UK's six month presidency of the EU.
Blair lambasted UKIP Leader Nigel Farage who criticised Blair's efforts to revitalise the EU budget, telling him: "This is 2005, not 1945. We are not fighting each other any more!"
UKIP's Nigel Farage said Mr Blair was "outplayed and outclassed" by France's Jacques Chirac in budget negotiations.
In his two minute address to Blair, Farage was barely to be heard as he had to overcome heckles and jeers from fellow MEPs.
But Mr Blair said the deal between the EU's 25 member states had been the best possible "in the circumstances".
In the heated debate Farage and his UKIP colleagues, sat at their places in the European Parliament with union jack flags on thier desks, claiming they represent the majority of theBritish public. These were comments which incised the Prime Minister who said that although Mr Farage and colleagues "sit with our country's flag, you do not represent our country's interest".
Farage, also went on to say that budget negotiations had been "game, set and match to President Chirac", adding that Mr Blair had "been outclassed and outplayed at every turn".
"We are isolated and alone in the European Union. We are completely alone,"
Last weekend Mr Blair brokered an agreement between member states for the EU's next seven-year budget. It will see £1bn a year cut from the UK's rebate.
Mr Blair said there were "people who say it [the overall budget] should be lower, there are people who say it should be higher but I think, and we thought as the heads of government, that it represented a fair settlement for the present time".
He added that "without it, there wouldn't be the certainty for countries - particularly these new accession countries - to plan ahead for the future".
Members of the European Parliament will have to give their approval to the deal next year, and they have already demanded a much bigger budget.
The agreement, reached in Brussels early on Saturday, includes an EU commitment to review farm spending in 2008.
Source: BBC, European Parliament minutes