Nigel Farage, also known as ‘Mr Brexit’, had some harsh words for the US and President Biden as he discussed issues on both sides of the pond in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“[The U.K.] caught disease away from the US and now holds power over our institutions, to the horror of the silent majority,” Farage said.
Farage lamented the change in relations between the US and the UK since Biden took office, arguing that the two countries had a better dynamic when former President Trump was in power and that Trump could have signed a free trade agreement with the UK, helping the country as it continues to find its footing after Brexit.
While he didn’t think Biden “likes Britain very much,” he highlighted the potential benefits for each country that would come from helping develop the famous “special relationship.”
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“Clearly, in the longer term, America, for God’s sake, we speak the same language,” Farage said. “We have a common right. We’re the largest foreign investor in the U.S., the largest foreign investor here, and we have tremendous cultural ties.”
“That’s why I think that trade between us and America should grow [the U.K.] and India, I think, should grow. And those are two really big areas where I see opportunities for us going forward.”
Farage also criticized Biden for “doing everything he can to slowly but surely” turn America away from leading as an energy exporter.
As tough as Farage has been on Biden, he spared the UK’s ruling Conservative Party, saying that current UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, whom Farage described as “the UK’s first Goldman Sachs Prime Minister”, had “effectively disappeared” and “is not a leader.” ”
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“In terms of leadership, he doesn’t have the ability, that’s why he actually lost the contest to become leader of the Conservative Party, lost by a narrow margin to Liz Truss, and yet, by default, eventually got the top job,” Farage said. “Yes, he may be a very intelligent man, but he is not leader”.
Farage laid the blame for many of the country’s current problems on the ruling Conservative Party, such as the lack of a “sensible” response to nationwide strikes in a number of UK industries and the failure to deliver this kind of Brexit. voters were waiting.
“I have to say that when it comes to life-saving work like ambulance driving, I personally don’t think strikes are morally acceptable, but I think the government’s position on this is wrong,” Farage explained. “I think they really should be advising these unions to 10 Downing Street and say: Look, do you know what you want? Is this class warfare? Will a Conservative government overturn what appears to be a hard-left agenda in the case of the rail unions?”
“I think you can make reasonable compromises with the rest, but they won’t get a pay rise in line with inflation,” he added.
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The Conservative Party could not press either the rise of illegal immigration – something that Brexit would supposedly stop. Farage pointed to an incident involving Australians who faced widespread international criticism after turning back a boatload of Indonesian refugees trying to enter the country.
Britain worked out a deal to send illegal migrants to Rwanda, but the first planned deportation flight to Rwanda was blocked in June by a last-minute injunction from the European Court of Human Rights, and the legality of the strategy was subsequently challenged at the High Court in London, according to Reuters.
Britain should have had the courage to fight the European Court, but Sunak and his government were more concerned about international condemnation and the backlash from foreign allies than sticking to their own policies, according to Farage.
“They’re stuck,” he said. “They keep promising they will deliver. I promise they won’t.”
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Farage accused the main parties and media in Britain of never accepting a Brexit referendumwhich prevented the country from taking advantage of the real opportunity that independence opened up.
“Brexit doesn’t make sense if you don’t reform the supply side, if you don’t use the opportunity to not be in the European single market to make regulation, to make the rules simpler, cheaper and easier,” Farage said. “The great sadness is that the Conservative government has done literally nothing – absolutely nothing – nothing for your small business on the high street, nothing for your big broking house in the City of London.”
“I can tell you how you know, man [who] has been christened Mr Brexit as a man who has dedicated his life to it. This is not the Brexit I wanted and I am very, very disappointed,” he added, acknowledging that the current form of Brexit is not delivering on promises, but stressing that independence remains popular.
Such independence, he insisted, allowed Britain to adopt a leading role in supporting Ukraine when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to invade and distribute vaccinations when and how they want, thanks to the ability to regulate and approve vaccines at the country’s own pace.
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“Many people are beginning to ask, what was all this done for? And I repeat that the case is very important: it is not a failure of Brexit, it is a failure of the Conservative government, which, frankly, never believed in it, only took this position to stop me,” he said.
“Good: I was happy with it at the time,” Farage continued. “They never believed it. And that leads to a growing level of frustration.”
All this upheaval and lack of leadership created a perfect opportunity for a “political uprising” a new center-right party, according to Farage. He believes that the Conservative Party has drifted to the left, to the left of the centre, and that other parties are even further to the left.
The two leading parties, the Conservative Party and the Labor Party, now “virtually mirror each other in every major policy” and leave “no choice” in ideology or meaningful policy, which Farage says has left the country virtually unworkable.
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However, any new party could emerge without his help, with Farage reiterating that a return to the political front “isn’t first on my list” but leaving the possibility open.
“I’m looking at my options,” Farage said. “I haven’t decided yet. I don’t rule it out.”