Nigel Farage speaks candidly on his distaste for a ‘soft’ Brexit

Long Lunch 31/08/2018
Nigel Farage outside the House of Parliament. Photo: Getty.

Some would argue that Nigel Farage needs no introduction.

He’s one of the right-wing British masterminds behind the pro-Brexit campaign, with a flair for controversial statements as a household name broadcaster.

And with New Zealand’s political landscape bubbling with a recurring free speech debate, Mr Farage’s upcoming visit to Auckland couldn’t have been timed better.

On Theresa May’s ‘softened’ Brexit

Mr Farage admitted to RadioLIVE that he’s been a bit quiet within his own country’s political space, particularly following the 2016 Brexit referendum.

“There is real, genuine anger building in middle England that we’re not getting what we voted for,” the former UK Independence Party Leader said.

Trump saw Brexit as a victory for the underdog and the establishment.

British conservatives have criticised UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan, with Mr Farage pointing out that the plan still maintains close ties with the EU.

“I’m so angry and frustrated about the way Brexit is going that I will be forced to get back out into the country doing big rallies and mobilising people to demand to their MPs that we get the Brexit that we voted for,” Mr Farage said.

“The vote itself couldn’t have been clearer.”

The global conservatism crisis

Nevertheless, the on-going Brexit saga is far from the only thing on Mr Farage’s agenda.

Conservatives are moving towards the centre, according to Mr Farage, and well beyond the English Channel.

Nigel Farage admits he's laid low in the UK political realm.

“I think right across the western world you’ve seen conservative parties move more towards the centre. Conservative parties have essentially become social democrats for lack of a better term,” he said.

I’m married to a German… I’ve drunk a lot of Spanish wine – I like Europe very much indeed.

Mr Farage told RadioLIVE’s Wendyl Nissen that conservative parties have “adopted the new norms of global government” with softened stances on immigration and other social issues.

But before anyone cries foul of Mr Farage’s views on Brexit and immigration, the broadcaster clarifies his pro-Europe, anti-establishment philosophy.

“I’m married to a German, I’ve got bilingual kids, I’ve worked for French companies, I’ve drunk a lot of Spanish wine – I like Europe very much indeed,” he said, laughing.

“What I’m against is this project in Brussels to homogenise, harmonise and pasteurise 28 different countries, make them all the same, and to put them under the control of bureaucrats.”

On Trump

When asked by Nissen if he shares the same world view as US President Donald Trump, Mr Farage said “very much so”.

Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. Photo: Getty.

“Trump saw Brexit as a victory for the underdog and the establishment,” he told RadioLIVE, adding that they both agree on free market capitalism and the nation state.

While Mr Farage recognises that the US President has received hefty backlash since his inauguration, he argues that Trump is shaking up the political environment for the better in the US.

“You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs,” he said. “And boy, he’s breaking a few eggs.”

Nigel Farage will be in Auckland on September 4 for an evening at SkyCity, as a part of his An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage speaking tour.

Listen to the full interview with Nigel Farage above.

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