Nigel Farage – also known as “Mr. Brexit” – had some harsh words for the US and President Biden as he addressed issues on both sides of the pond in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“[The U.K.] has caught the awakening disease in the United States which, to the dismay of the silent majority, now has a stranglehold on our institutions,” said Farage.
Farage lamented the change in US-UK relations since Biden took office, arguing that the two countries had better momentum when former President Trump was in power and that Trump may have signed a free trade agreement with Britain and helped the country would have while it continues to gain traction with Brexit.
Though he said he didn’t think Biden “likes Britain very much,” he did underscore the potential benefits for any country that would come with expanding the famous “special relationship.”
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“Long term, sure, America, for heaven’s sake, we speak the same language,” Farage said. “We have common law. We are the largest foreign investor in the US, the largest foreign investor here, and we have tremendous cultural connections.”
“So I think trade with America should grow between us and America. Trade between [the U.K.] and India I think should grow. And those are the two really big areas where I see opportunities for us.”
Farage also criticized Biden for “doing everything he can to slowly but surely dissuade America from leading as an energy exporter.”
As hard as Farage was on Biden, he spared little love for Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, saying that Britain’s current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – whom Farage described as “Britain’s first Goldman Sachs Prime Minister” – was “virtually gone” and “no leader.” ” be. ”
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“In terms of leadership, he doesn’t have the ability, which is why he actually lost the Conservative Party leader’s contest, lost it to Liz Truss by some margin, and yet ended up getting the top job by default,” Farage said “Yes, he may be a very smart man, but he is not a leader.”
Farage blamed the ruling Conservative Party for many of the country’s current problems, such as the lack of an “adequate” response to nationwide strikes across a number of sectors in Britain and a failure to bring about a Brexit that voters expect.
“I have to say that I personally don’t believe that strikes in life-saving jobs like driving ambulances are morally acceptable, but I do think that the government’s aloof stance on this issue is incorrect,” Farage said. “I think they really should be advising these unions at 10 Downing Street and saying, look, you know, what do you want? Is it class war? Does it bring down a conservative government, which in the case of the rail unions, there seems to be a hard left agenda?”
“I think reasonable compromises can be made with the others and still they won’t get full inflation-adjusted pay increases,” he added.
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The Conservative Party has also failed to tackle rising illegal immigration – something Brexit is said to have hampered. Farage pointed to an incident with the Australians, who faced widespread international criticism after turning back a boat carrying Indonesian refugees trying to enter the country.
Britain hatched a deal to send illegal immigrants to Rwanda, but the first planned deportation flight to Rwanda was blocked by an injunction issued by the European Court of Human Rights in June, and the legality of the strategy was subsequently challenged in London’s High Court, reported Reuters.
Britain should have had the “courage” to take on the European Court of Justice, but Farage said Sunak and his government were more concerned with international condemnation and the reactions of foreign allies than sticking to their policies.
“You’re stuck,” he said. “They keep promising they will deliver. I promise you they won’t.”
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Farage accused mainstream parties and media in Britain of never accepting the Brexit referendum, which prevented the country from realizing the real opportunity that independence offered.
“Brexit doesn’t make sense unless you do supply-side reforms, unless you take the opportunity not to be in the single European market to make regulations to make rules simpler, cheaper and simpler,” he said farage “The great sadness is that the Conservative Government has done literally nothing – absolutely nothing – nothing for your small High Street business, nothing for your big City of London brokerage house.”
“I can tell you that, as you know, man [who] was baptized Mr. Brexit as someone who dedicated his life to him. 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 the promises made but stressing that independence remains popular.
That independence, he stressed, allows Britain to take a leading role in helping Ukraine when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered its invasion and rolling out vaccinations when and how they wanted thanks to the ability to deliver vaccines at their own pace regulate and approve.
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“A lot of people are starting to wonder, what was the point of all this? And I repeat, the point is crucial: this is not a Brexit failure, it is a failure by the Conservative government, which honestly never really believed in it, just adopted this position to stop me,” he said.
“Good: I was happy with that at the time,” continued Farage. “They never believed it. And it leads to a growing disillusionment.”
All of this turmoil and lack of leadership, according to Farage, has created an excellent opportunity for a “political uprising” for a new centre-right party. He believes that the Conservative Party has drifted to the left and ended up on the centre-left, while other parties are even further left.
The two leading parties – the Conservative Party and the Labor Party – “reflect each other in virtually every major policy” and leave “no choice” in terms of ideology or major policy, which Farage said has rendered the country virtually inoperable is.
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However, any new party may have to emerge without his help, as Farage reiterated that returning to the political frontline “is not high on my list” but he has left the possibility open.
“I’m considering my options,” Farage said. “I haven’t decided yet. I’m not ruling it out.”