Edinburgh McDonald's told to stop selling milkshakes ahead of Brexit rally

Tommy Robinson is doused with a milkshake.
Tommy Robinson is doused with a milkshake. Photo credit: Asian Image

Police in Scotland have advised a McDonald's branch near a rally for Brexit party leader Nigel Farage to stop selling milkshakes and ice creams.

A sign was placed in the front window of the restaurant on New Market Road in Edinburgh saying: "We will not be selling milkshakes or ice cream tonight. This is due to a police request given recent events".

Those "recent events" saw milkshakes and other food thrown at far-right political figures during the current European elections campaign.

Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) was in Bury, Manchester, when "some Muslim supporter" - his words - threw a flavoured drink over him.

The bizarre incident was followed by another outpouring less than a day later, this time in Warrington.

Meanwhile, controversial Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin was doused in dairy three times in three days.

Benjamin is currently being investigated by police after tweeting the words "I wouldn't even rape you" at Labour MP Jess Phillips.

A McDonald's spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian they had been asked by police to stop selling milkshakes and McFlurry products the night before the Farage rally.

The use of frozen desserts to voice protest has given rise to a series of clever slogans including: "Lactose Against Intolerance!" and "The Revolution will be Pasteurised!".

However one potential target for milkshake attacks has threatened to respond with violence.

"Just to be clear, anyone that comes at me with a milkshake will need the straw to eat their meals for the next few months," tweeted Ukip activist Mark Meechan. "I don't care how many cameras are rolling, you'll be getting booted up and down the street."

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