Nigel Paul Farage (born 3 April 1964) is an English MEP and leader of the Brexit Party, having formerly served as the leader of the UK Independence Party.
== Quotes ==
=== 2002 ===
I think that politics needs a bit of spicing up.
In response to criticism of an anti-euro advertisement which showed Adolf Hitler promoting the single currency - Hitler anti-euro ad condemned, CNN, 3 July 2002.
=== 2004 ===
We seek an amicable divorce from the European Union and its replacement with a genuine free-trade agreement, which is what my parents' generation thought we’d signed up for in the first place.
In UKIP news (issue 56), July 2004.
=== 2010 ===
You have the charisma of a damp rag, and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk. And the question that I want to ask, […] that we're all going to ask, is "Who are you?" I'd never heard of you. Nobody in Europe had ever heard of you. I would like to ask you, President, who voted for you, and what mechanism … oh, I know democracy's not popular with you lot, and what mechanism do the people of Europe have to remove you? Is this European democracy? Well, I sense, I sense though that you are competent and capable and dangerous, and I have no doubt in your intention, to be the quiet assassin of European democracy, and of the European nation states. You appear to have a loathing for the very concept of the existence of nation states - perhaps that's because you come from Belgium, which of course is pretty much a non-country. But since you took over, we've seen Greece reduced to nothing more than a protectorate. Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all, and I can say with confidence that I speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying: We don't know you, we don't want you, and the sooner you're put out to grass, the better.
Speech in the European Parliament, 24 February 2010 - Ukip's Nigel Farage tells Van Rompuy: You have the charisma of a damp rag, The Guardian, 24 February 2010.
I have been called a great many things in my time – that's politics.
Upon being fined €2,980 for "inappropriate behaviour" towards Herman Van Rompuy, EU President - Nigel Farage fined for verbal attack on EU president, The Guardian, 2 March 2010.
=== 2012 ===
And I honestly predict that I mean this. That if we go on doing this to Greece. We will drive that country into a violent revolution.
Segment of a speech, held in a UKIP meeting on 21 February 2012. When Nigel Farage spoke about the austerity measures impleted into Greece - Greece being destroyed by EU fanatical ideologyAnd what is the reaction of the British political class? Well the Lib Dems, still think that the Euro is a success! I don't quite think where Cleggy gets this from, I don't know. Perhaps he is considering an alternative career as a stand up comedian, once he's out of politics.
Another segment of a speech held in a UKIP meeting on 21 February 2012. When Nigel Farage explains on the reactions on Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem politicians on the failing Euro currency - Nigel Farage met Angel MerkelWhen people stand up and talk about the great success that the EU has been, I'm not sure anybody saying it really believes it themselves anymore.
Speech in the European Parliament, 9 May 2012. Farage: We face the prospect of mass civil unrest, even revolutionIt is virtually impossible for what you are voting on to remain as it is currently. There could be huge changes to the [EU fiscal] treaty and there could be huge changes to the euro zone itself.
Interview in the Irish Times newspaper, 17 May 2012. Anti-treaty campaign claims single currency may collapseThe EU is mired in deep structural crisis. Greece, Portugal and Ireland cannot survive inside the Euro.
Segment from an article in the New York Times newspaper, 18 May 2012. Can Europe be saved? Should it?If Spain goes, Europe on its own will not be big enough to save the banks.
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012. On the edge of social breakdownThe situation in Greece just goes from bad to worse. We’ve now got a situation where there was the big suicide a few weeks ago, where a 77-year-old man shot himself in the head outside the Greek Parliament. That was the public face of what’s gone wrong.
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012. On the edge of social breakdownBut do you know that every day there are people that are literally leaving their children at the doors of the Greek Orthodox Church, with notes around their necks saying, ‘We cannot afford to feed or look after these children, please take them from us.’ Can you imagine that?
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012. On the edge of social breakdownThis is taking place inside Europe. This is taking place inside a once great nation. The nation that invented democracy. We are on the edge of total social breakdown. And frankly, as far as the euro is concerned and the austerity measures are concerned, the medicine is killing the patient.
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012. On the edge of social breakdownI do think that the banking system is now in the most perilous state we’ve seen in over 70 years.
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012. On the edge of social breakdownThe euro Titanic has now hit the iceberg - and there simply aren't enough lifeboats to go round.
Segment from a speech held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 13 June 2012. The Genius of Mutual Indebtedness - Nigel FarageBasically, Herman van Rompuy wants the European Union to become a debt union, which may be acceptable to some of the southern countries who are effectively bust. To the northern countries, it is not.
Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 29 June 2012. Welcome to the D€bt UnionIf we are just going to have a fudged referendum on 'do we stay in or go further?' then that's not good enough.
Segment from a BBC News interview, 2 July 2012. Farage: 'Fudged referendum on EU is no good'Once again, I challenge the Prime Minister to have an open debate with me on why he believes we must stay part of this failing, corrupt EU. The future of our nation is at stake. Mr Cameron, you have my phone number.
Quote by Nigel Farage on an article written by himself in the Telegraph, 6 July 2012. The time will never be right for David Cameron to hold a referendum on the EU.As you are well aware, the last time the people of this country were given a say on membership of the European Union was back in 1975. This must have been a factor in your thinking when, in 2007, you gave a “cast-iron guarantee” to hold a referendum if you became Prime Minister. Since that promise, however, your message on the issue has been confusing and misleading. You say the time is not right but refuse to clarify when the time will be right. You believe that leaving would not be in our best interests and an in/out referendum is flawed because it offers a “single choice”. In last week’s Sun poll, almost 70 per cent of voters said they would like a referendum. In the same poll, a clear majority said they would like to leave the EU and yet your plans would deny them that opportunity. I believe the British people, along with many of your own backbench MPs, want and deserve a straight in/out choice in a referendum. I propose a public debate between us where we can put our respective cases forward. My challenge to you is an open and honest one and I hope you will afford me, and the people of this country, a proper say on the matter.
Letter from Nigel Farage that was hand delivered to 10 Downing Street by Nigel Farage himself, challenging the Prime Minister to an open debate on the EU, 16 July 2012. Nigel delivers challenge to Downing Street.We know the costs of Europe. What are the benefits?
Quote by Nigel Farage on an article in The Sun, 1 August 2012. Record bill for EU is £19bnRather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence.
Quote by Nigel Farage on an article in the Zimbabwe Independent, regarding the EU winning the Nobel Peace Prize, 19 October 2012. Nobel Peace Prize really deserves a new name.I'm not for sale, neither is UKIP.
Quote by Nigel Farage on rumours that the Conservative party should have a pact with UKIP, 27 November 2012. Nigel Farage: 'I'm not for sale, neither is UKIP'The opening of the doors to 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians is going to become a huge issue.
Stating the populations of the two East European countries - Britain to be 'swamped' by millions of immigrants, Daily Star, 24 December 2012.
=== 2013 ===
I have to say that everybody from David Cameron to half this panel say, "Wouldn't it be terrible if we were like Norway and Switzerland?" Really? They're rich. They're happy. They're self governing.
Speaking on BBC Question Time in Lincoln, 17 January 2013.[Any changes Mr Cameron could obtain from Brussels would be cosmetic and the UK risks becoming] a province of a United States of Europe
'Strong case' for EU referendum, says Hague BBC News (20 January 2013)Winning this referendum, if and when it comes, is not going to be an easy thing but I feel that UKIP's real job starts today,
David Cameron promises in/out referendum on EU BBC News (23 January 2013)We wouldn't want to be like the Swiss, would we? That would be awful! We'd be rich!
Quote by Nigel Farage on David Cameron's speech on Britain's relationship with the European Union, 23 January 2013 - Ukip's Nigel Farage ridicules David Cameron's EU referendum speech.I am delighted at Des's support in these elections. And thank him for his rewrite of the lyrics of Send in the Clowns which we are planning to sing at our South East conference.
In response to Des Lynam's recent support and vote on UKIP, during the May 2013 local elections - Des Lynam reveals he voted UKIP, 10 May 2013.If this is the face of Scottish nationalism, it's a pretty ugly nation.
Hitting back at pro-Scottish independence protesters, after an incident at an Edinburgh pub - Nigel Farage blasts 'fascist' nationalists after Edinburgh confrontation, 17 May 2013.Absolutely none. But rather more than the BBC do. We could have had this interview in England a couple of years ago, although I wouldn’t have met with such hatred that I’m getting from your questions, and frankly I’ve had enough of this interview. Goodbye.
During a phone call on BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio show (regarding the incident in Edinburgh), in which an angry Nigel Farage hung up after stating that the interview was unpleasant and offensive, 17 May 2013 - 'Scottish nationalists are fascist scum': Farage rages against pub protesters before hanging up on BBC for 'hate' filled interview.I want friendship, co-operation and trade (with the EU). I don't want to be part of a political union.
EU referendum: MPs call for public to have their say BBC News (5 July 2013)
=== 2014 ===
When I said yes to these debates I thought you would honestly make the pro-EU case. By saying 7% of our laws are made in Brussels, you are wilfully lying to the British people about the extent to which we have given control of our country and our democracy and I am really shocked and surprised you would do that.
Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage in heated BBC debate over EU BBC News (3 April 2014)[immigration is] good for the rich because it's cheaper nannies and cheaper chauffeurs and cheaper gardeners but it's bad news for ordinary Britons... it has left the white working class effectively as an underclass, and I think that is a disaster for our society
Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage in heated BBC debate over EU BBC News (3 April 2014)I want the EU to end but I want it to end democratically. If it doesn't end democratically I'm afraid it will end very unpleasantly.
Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage in heated BBC debate over EU BBC News (3 April 2014)Any normal and fair-minded person would have a perfect right to be concerned if a group of Romanian people suddenly moved in next door.
Nigel Farage attacked over Romanians 'slur' BBC News (18 May 2014)The Labour Party hate the concept of Englishness. They have done for a very long time. New Labour can't even stand the concept of patriotism. They think the flag somehow is unpleasant, backward-looking and nasty. People like Emily Thornberry would rather we had that blue flag with 12 stars on it that comes to us from Brussels.
Miliband: Thornberry's 'white van, flag' tweet lacked respect BBC News (21 November 2014)
=== 2015 ===
Of course we're good enough. Switzerland has negotiated more global free-trade agreements than we have, without being part of the European Union, and Iceland, with a population of 300,000 people has signed its own tariff-free deal with China.
Election 2015: UK good enough to go it alone - Farage BBC News (25 April 2015)A couple of times I've been stuck on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain and once, even, they tried the back door of the car to see whether they could get in.
David Cameron criticised over migrant 'swarm' language BBC News (30 July 2015)
=== 2016 ===
There's not much point in having a United Kingdom if we're governed from somewhere else. We may as well become a satellite state of the European Union because that's virtually what we are. Our courts aren't supreme. Our parliaments aren't supreme, whether that's in Holyrood or in Westminster. This is not about Scotland's relationship with Westminster. This is about whether Scotland wants to be part of an independent UK.
Scottish Lib Dem conference: Leader Tim Farron in staunch defence of EU BBC News (27 February 2016)In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.
Interviewed by the Mirror before the EU referendum result (16 May 2016)We are being sold that this is all about trade and that the single market is soft and cuddly and lovely like a baby puppy. But actually it is a smokescreen for the real, simply proposition of this referendum. It's actually rather simple: do you wish us to be a self-governing, independent, democratic nation or part of a bigger, broader, European Union?
Immigration focus is turning point in EU campaign, says Farage BBC News (3 June 2016)No deal is better than the rotten deal that we have at the moment
ITV debate: Farage and Cameron face EU questions BBC News (8 June 2016)[Brexit] will be a victory for ordinary people, for decent people.
Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU BBC News (24 June 2016)Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.
Leave campaign ahead in UK's EU referendum vote BBC News (24 June 2016)Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day.
Leave campaign ahead in UK's EU referendum vote BBC News (24 June 2016)We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit, and today honesty, decency and belief in nation, I think now is going to win. And we will have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired. We'd have done it by damned hard work on the ground.
Celebrating the Brexit referendum (24 June 2016)[A second referendum is] the last thing I want to see. It's not a game of the best of three.
Interviewed by the Mirror after the EU referendum result, commenting on the petition to the UK Parliament for a second referendum (25 June 2016)
=== 2017 ===
All of us in our lives go through ups and downs and I regret the down that I am in at the moment. But I make this plea, particularly to the media - please leave my wife and children alone. Don't hassle them, don't intimidate them. They don't deserve it and it's simply not fair.
On his separation from his second wife, 7 February 2017Well, it's very successful politics, isn't it? You know, we are the turkeys that have voted for Christmas.
Interviewed on the Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 1 March 2017If Brexit is a disaster, I will go and live abroad, I'll go and live somewhere else.
Responding to a caller's question on his talk radio show, LBC, 27 March 2017But if they don't deliver this Brexit that I spent 25 years of my life working for, then I will be forced to don khaki, pick up a rifle and head for the front lines.
During a speech regarding the delivery of Brexit, 14 May 2017There are about six million Jewish people living in America, so as a percentage it’s quite small, but in terms of influence it’s quite big. Well in terms of money and influence they are a powerful lobby and America has interfered elections all over the world for decades, there is a degree of hypocrisy. [...] he makes the point that there are powerful foreign lobbies in the US, and the Jewish lobby with its links to the Israeli government is one of those strong voices.
Remarks during a discussion on LBC radio station about whether Russian influence had really helped Mr Trump be elected, 1 Nov 2017
=== 2018 ===
We have nothing to fear and that is the reason why we should only accept a clean and clear Brexit, not some fudge.
No-deal Brexit 'no problem', Nigel Farage says at Leave Means Leave rally BBC News (22 September 2018)The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate. And so, with a heavy heart, and after all my years of devotion to the party, I am leaving Ukip today. There is a huge space for a Brexit party in British politics, but it won’t be filled by Ukip.
Announcing his departure from UKIP, 4 December 2018Belgium is not a nation!
Debate on the future of europe with the primeminister of Belgium, Charles Michel, 3 May 2018
=== 2019 ===
If we don’t leave on October 31, then the scores you’ve seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a general election, and we are getting ready for it.
On the Brexit Party's performance in the 2019 elections for European Parliament, 26 May 2019A Johnson government committed to doing the right thing and The Brexit Party working in tandem would be unstoppable.
Brexit: No deal 'only acceptable' way to leave EU, says Nigel Farage BBC News (27 August 2019)The withdrawal agreement is not Brexit. It is a betrayal of what 17.4 million people voted for. If you insist on the withdrawal agreement, Mr Johnson, we will fight you in every seat up and down the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.
Brexit: No deal 'only acceptable' way to leave EU, says Nigel Farage BBC News (27 August 2019)When you get it out of the fridge it’s really appetising and delicious for a few days, but after a couple of weeks it stinks and is inedible.
On Boris Johnson's deal with the EU, comparing it to cheese. Nigel Farage says he will not stand for MP in general election The Guardian (3 November 2019)
=== 2020 ===
So this is it, the final chapter, the end of the road. A 47-year political experiment that the British frankly have never been very happy with. My mother and father signed up to a common market, not to a political union, flags, anthems, presidents, and now you even want your own army. For me, it has been 27 years of campaigning and over 20 years here in this parliament. I’m not particularly happy with the agreement we’re being asked to vote on tonight. But Boris has been remarkably bold in the last few months… he’s promised us there will be no level playing field, and on that basis, I wish him every success in the next round of negotiations, I really do.
EU Farewell Speech, as quoted in Nigel Farage’s Final EU Speech: Mic Gets Cut as He Waves UK Flag in Victory, Breitbart newsWhat happens at 11pm this Friday the 31st of January 2020 marks the point of no return. Once we’ve left, we’re never coming back and the rest frankly is detail. We’re going, and we will be gone. And that should be the summit of my own political ambitions. I walked in here, you all thought it was terribly funny but you stopped laughing in 2016. But my view of Europe has changed since I joined. In 2005, I saw the constitution that had been drafted… and saw it rejected by the French in a referendum. I saw it rejected by the Dutch in a referendum. And I saw you, in these institutions, ignore them. [You brought it back] as the Lisbon treaty, and boast you could ram it through without there being referendums. Well, the Irish did have a vote and did say no, and were forced to vote again. You’re very good at making people to vote again, but what we’ve proved is the British are too big to bully, thank goodness. So I became an outright opponent of the whole European project. I want Brexit to start a debate across the whole of Europe. What do we want from Europe? If we want trade, friendship cooperation, reciprocity, we don’t need a European Commission, we don’t need a European court. We don’t need these institutions and all of this power. And I can promise you, both in UKIP and in the Brexit party, we love Europe. We just hate the European Union.
EU Farewell Speech, as quoted in Nigel Farage’s Final EU Speech: Mic Gets Cut as He Waves UK Flag in Victory, Breitbart newsI hope this begins the end of this project. It is a bad project. It isn’t just undemocratic, it is antidemocratic. It puts in that front row, it gives people power without unaccountability. People who cannot be held to account by the electorate and that is an unacceptable structure.
EU Farewell Speech, as quoted in Nigel Farage’s Final EU Speech: Mic Gets Cut as He Waves UK Flag in Victory, Breitbart newsThere is a historic battle going on across the west, in Europe, America, and elsewhere. It is globalism against populism. And you may loathe populism, but I’ll tell you a funny thing. It is becoming very popular! And it has great benefits. No more financial contributions, no more European Courts of Justice. No more European Common Fisheries Policy, no more being talked down to. No more being bullied, no more Guy Verhofstadt! What’s not to like. I know you’re going to miss us, I know you want to ban our national flags, but we’re going to wave you goodbye, and we’ll look forward in the future to working with you as a sovereign nation… [Farage is cut off by the chair]
EU Farewell Speech, as quoted in Nigel Farage’s Final EU Speech: Mic Gets Cut as He Waves UK Flag in Victory, Breitbart news
== Quotes about Farage ==
Nigel Farage is still trying to whip up fear and hatred towards refugees who are fleeing from conflict. It was extremely ill-judged of him to describe himself as a victim.
Yvette Cooper, response on Farage's denial for being responsible for whipping up hate against immigrants - Nigel Farage says he is a victim of poltical hatred in response to Jo Cox question (19 June 2016)Nigel Farage is an arse, his party is mainly made up of bigots and its policies are racist.
Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba, in response to Farage's use of Chumbawamba's song "Tubthumping" as his entrance music at a 2011 conference. - Chumbawamba go Tubthumping crazy over Ukip's use of No1 hit (9 September 2011)Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
Donald Trump expressing his admiration for Farage. - Nigel Farage would be great UK ambassador to US, says Donald Trump (22 November 2016)
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