Nigel Farage on Absolute Radio Full Interview

Speaker 1:
it’s Absolute Radio and our guest tonight, Nigel Farage. Hello.

Nigel Farage:
Good evening.

Speaker 1:
Not a hair out of place.

Nigel Farage:
No. Sadly they’ve all gone gray but they’re all still there.

Speaker 1:
You know, there was an errant hair during the debates last night people were tweeting about.

Nigel Farage:
Oh really?

Speaker 1:
Yeah. You strike me as somebody who, when you were going off to school in the morning, maybe your mum needed to dab a bit of jam off you face and make sure you’re tucked in.

Nigel Farage:
Well, wipe the toothpaste off the tie, normally.

Speaker 1:
I’m going to play a piece of music to introduce this section of the interview. Here it is.

Chumbawamba:
He drinks the whiskey drink. He drinks the vodka drink. He drinks the lager drink. He drinks the cider drink. He sings the songs …

Speaker 1:
Now, I’m guessing that you’re not particularly familiar with the works of Chumbawamba.

Nigel Farage:
I … do you know, once, there was a UKIP party conference, and as I walked onto the stage, they played a piece of Chumbawamba, and the band objected violently to it.

Speaker 1:
Oh no, they’re going to object to that, as well.

Nigel Farage:
Oh, well, there we are.

Speaker 1:
You know, I was just thinking of the lager drink, whiskey drink, because this is an unusual thing to not see you with a pint in the hand.

Nigel Farage:
Well, this is just ridiculous. I go up … do you know what? I get up fairly early in the morning, 5:00 normally, 5:30. I work bloody hard until about-

Speaker 1:
You deserve it.

Nigel Farage:
Until about 1:00, and I reckon I deserve a sherbet.

Speaker 1:
But you’re also electioneering at the moment. You’re campaigning. You’ve got to keep healthy. We’ve got you a drink, but we’ve got no alcohol for Nigel.

Nigel Farage:
Oh dear, how vague.

Speaker 1:
Garrett, can you bring me some drinks over? I think you’re going to like this. This is what they’re drinking these days.

Nigel Farage:
This looks ghastly, I have to say.

Speaker 1:
This is kale, wheat grass, celery, and spinach.

Nigel Farage:
God, I’ll be joining the Green Party.

Speaker 1:
Cheers!

Nigel Farage:
Cheers!

Nigel Farage:
I’ve got to tell you. That is vile. Can you find a bottle of whiskey there somewhere, please? To wash away the taste. Goodness gracious.

Speaker 1:
So, your local landlord must love you. Are you on free drinks at that pub the whole time now?

Nigel Farage:
No, but I do … the funny thing is, I stop off in pubs all over the country, and pop in for what I call a pit stop. And one of the delights of this job is the number of people that buy me drinks. It’s fantastic. I had one the other day. I’m not sure [inaudible 00:02:11] earlier, so I’m not. But I stopped at a pub in Elton the other night. I walked in, and a little fellow got up. He’d gone on a bit, and he said, “Mr. Farage, I’ll buy you that drink.” I said, “well, that’s very sweet of you. Thank you.” Have a pint of that IPA, whatever, and I said, “So, what makes you want to do that?” He says, “Because you’re the dog’s bollocks.” I just thought that was rather lovely.

Nigel Farage:
No, it’s … I like to have a pint at lunchtime. I see nothing wrong with it, but it’s portrayed as if I’d spent the whole day there.

Speaker 1:
But this is an interesting question, because like political parties, you have to maximize your exposure in the media. It’s not just about what you say, it’s how you come across. So if we see David Cameron talking about something, he’s got a hard hat on to prove that he’s getting Britain back to work. If we see Ed Miliband talking about something, he’s in a hospital ward. If we see Nick Clegg, he’s got people around him to prove that people still like him. And I’m interested in when was the decision? Oh, people are really clocking onto Nigel as a man of the people. When did you decide to start doing the interviews in pubs?

Nigel Farage:
No, no, you’ve missed all of it. You’ve missed all of it. There is no planning. There is no PR. There is no hype. This is me.

Speaker 1:
Come on, they’re not just coming and finding you in the pub there. [crosstalk 00:03:17]

Nigel Farage:
Oh, they do. They do.

Speaker 1:
… and say we want an interview. You say alright, come to the [Vitlay’s 00:03:20] Arms.

Nigel Farage:
No, really, the way that it started was, with some of the newspapers, knowing the haunts that I would frequent at lunchtime, getting the photographers there. There was nothing invented about this. This is me. Take it or leave it.

Speaker 1:
And you’re not suggesting these locations when they ask for an interview.

Nigel Farage:
No, they generally come and chase me down. But, as I say, I enjoy a couple of drinks. There’s nothing wrong with it.

Speaker 1:
And when you started off in the London Metals Exchange, you’ve said that you drunk continuously sometimes. If it was a quiet week or a quiet day, you’d just be down in the pub. Is that why you learned how to handle it?

Nigel Farage:
I don’t want to glorify it. And I wouldn’t want my children spending their 20s as I did, because it’s wrong. But, slight confession, it was great fun. And-

Speaker 1:
And you talk about playing practical jokes on each other. What would that be like back then?

Nigel Farage:
It was a different world then. It was a different world. There was no political correctness. A lot of it, I suppose these days, might be construed at being cruel or bullying, but yeah, it was all this sort of Super Glue on the handsets, and confetti in the umbrellas, and all very childish.

Speaker 1:
And this doesn’t sound like Wolf of Wall Street.

Nigel Farage:
No, it wasn’t, and it’s a long, long way away from that. I mean, this was the old London, and it was a bit like a big boys’ club, really. And it’s changed, and it’s become international, become very successful. People make great, I mean huge sums of money. But the trouble is now … I look at what I used to do, interacting with people in a dealing room-

Speaker 1:
And you were on the floor doing all the shouting, right?

Nigel Farage:
I was on the floor, but in the office, too, and screaming and shouting at each other, and so a very high energy. And you go into a modern day city dealing room now, and there are people sitting at desks, surrounded by six screens, who don’t talk to anybody, and send emails to people sitting six feet away from them. And it’s absolutely silent, and it’s humorless, and the owe more money, and you know what? I hate it.

Speaker 1:
You’ve got an interesting story, actually, because with the Global Financial Crisis, a lot of people said the banks were under-regulated. You actually think over-regulating gave people a false sense of security, and if the market had been left, it would have sorted itself out.

Nigel Farage:
We had shed-loads of regulation on-

Speaker 1:
There was too much regulation.

Nigel Farage:
Masses of it, thousands of pages of it. But what we did was make a fundamental mistake. The Bank of England had regulated UK banking since 1694. It had generally done a pretty good job. We took away the Bank’s role in the late 1990s, gave it to a new regulator that was generally filled up with failures. They hadn’t made it in their own lives.

Speaker 1:
You’re very cruel about these people.

Nigel Farage:
I can’t bear them. And they fail completely. and we’ve replaced expertise, knowledge, and that sort of personal relationship approach to managing our banking to a tick-box culture, and it failed completely. And okay, it failed in America too, and it failed in some European countries. But interestingly, Australia and Canada, both of whom have got very big banking sectors didn’t need a penny piece of bailout money, because they kept to the good rules.

Speaker 1:
And that’s why we’ve got a Bank of England general governor from Canada, wasn’t it?

Nigel Farage:
Well, we have got, and he’s a very fine fellow, too. But still, he hasn’t … I would actually give him far more power than he’s got.

Speaker 1:
So I’m not huge on politics. I should watch more, I should read more. But even I know that the big UKIP policy is you want to get Great Britain out of the Eurovision.

Nigel Farage:
I think the Eurovision Song Contest has been biased for so many years now. Terry Wogan got it right. The time has come to go.

Speaker 1:
Well, we have questions from Eurovision entrants from years gone by. Let’s see the first one.

Lithuania:
Hello, Mr. Farage. Lithuania calling, and dancer of LT90. You may remember our song. We are the winners of Eurovision in 2006.

Speaker 1:
Do you remember Lithuania 2006?

Nigel Farage:
I don’t. I have to think.

Speaker 1:
Well, let’s hear his question.

Nigel Farage:
I bet it was really good.

Lithuania:
My question for Mr. Farage is, do you prefer the music of ABBA, Aha!, or Roxette when you are singing karaoke?

Speaker 1:
So when you’re singing karaoke, I mean, is it ABBA, is it Roxette? What are you singing there, Nigel?

Nigel Farage:
Well, to be absolutely honest, in the state I get to karaoke, I wouldn’t remember. But isn’t it funny how ABBA, ABBA … my young kids think ABBA is cool, because of the film and everything else.

Speaker 1:
Yeah yeah, it’s with the … well actually, our next question is from Sweden. Let’s have a listen.

Richard Herrey:
Hello, this is Sweden calling. My name is Richard Herrey, and together with my two brothers, I represented Sweden in 1984, and won the Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaker 1:
“Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley” was their song. Do you remember that one?

Nigel Farage:
It was a source of, vaguely.

Speaker 1:
I think in the ’80s, you don’t remember much.

Nigel Farage:
Well, it was …

Speaker 1:
Let’s hear his question.

Richard Herrey:
My question for Mr. Farage is, do you enjoy riding the bicycle? And if so, do you always wear a helmet?

Nigel Farage:
I don’t enjoy riding bicycles. I don’t think our roads are suited for bicycles. But on the odd occasion when I do ride a bicycle, I don’t wear a helmet.

Speaker 1:
Hey, what do you think of this idea, appointing Jeremy Clarkson transport minister?

Nigel Farage:
Well, that’s actually marvelous. I do think the motorway speed limit’s far too low, and Jeremy would certainly sort that out.

Speaker 1:
Right, let’s have another question.

Jay Aston:
Hi, my name’s Jay Aston. I’m an original former member of Bucks Fizz. We won Eurovision in 1981 with the song called “Making Your Mind Up.”

Speaker 1:
Do you remember that? Do you remember them ripping their skirts off?

Nigel Farage:
Yeah, yeah, not quite. They didn’t take everything off. Did they?

Speaker 1:
Let’s have Jay’s question.

Jay Aston:
I’d like to ask Mr. Farage, has he made his mind up about the future of Eurovision for the UK if he was to get into power?

Speaker 1:
I mean, it’s costly, it’s undemocratic.

Nigel Farage:
I’m very, very deeply concerned about it. I think it represents all the worst there is about the European Union.

Speaker 1:
What if they introduced an Australian point style system instead of the new points?

Nigel Farage:
Well, that would be … no, that would be alright. But you watch it every year, and you just see the huge bias against us. The whole odds are stacked against us, and it’s time we withdrew.

Speaker 1:
So this year, you can’t support the UK. What country would you like to see win Eurovision?

Nigel Farage:
The Greeks, because they always had a rotten time. They need a bit of good fortune.

Speaker 1:
This is Absolute Radio. Nigel Farage is our guest today. I’m going to start the second part of the interview with what I believe to be your favorite song.

Speaker 7:
Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do …

Nigel Farage:
[inaudible 00:09:47]

Speaker 1:
You loathe this song above all others.

Nigel Farage:
It’s terrible, isn’t it?

Speaker 1:
You call it … why you don’t like it? You call it the girdle-girdle song.

Nigel Farage:
Yeah. I mean, it just … it’s an idealism. It doesn’t-

Speaker 1:
But a lot of people when they hear that song, they think it’s a nice idea, but it’d never work. You don’t even think it’s a nice idea.

Nigel Farage:
Well, i think it’s not a nice idea, because it doesn’t work. It basically, when … that song outlines communism, doesn’t it? This wonderful idea of 100 years ago, which finished up killing tens of millions of people.

Speaker 1:
I think he was probably going more for utopia than the Soviet Union.

Nigel Farage:
Well, so were the Communists.

Speaker 1:
Aren’t we all? Aren’t we all? Isn’t everyone going for a utopia?

Nigel Farage:
I have to confess, I’m not a great John Lennon fan.

Speaker 1:
You were born in 1964. Did the songs … that would make you 13 years old when punk rock came along.

Nigel Farage:
Yeah.

Speaker 1:
No interest in punk?

Nigel Farage:
I thought it was hilarious. I loved it.

Speaker 1:
Yeah?

Nigel Farage:
Oh, I loved it.

Speaker 1:
You were into the Clash and-

Nigel Farage:
I thought the whole stranglers walking on the beaches, and I thought the whole sort of antiestablishmentism … and I think the Sex Pistols … I mean, the night of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the barge down the Thames, “God Save The Queen” … I laughed like a drained man.

Speaker 1:
You never went as far as the hair.

Nigel Farage:
There is a picture on the internet of me with a Mahican. And I have to say it’s not true. It has been concocted. No, I thought punk was very, very funny, and I still do.

Speaker 1:
So, when you were at school, it seemed to me that you were at one of these schools where there’s lots of clubs, and you never joined a club. You would go and learn about this, learn about a bit about this, learn about this. And a big change for you came when you had two speakers at your school. One was Enoch Powell. The other was Keith Joseph, who was a big architect of Thatcherism. And at which point, at the age of 14, you joined the Conservatives.

Nigel Farage:
Yeah.

Speaker 1:
Did your parents worry about you? 14, that’s not very rebellious, joining a political party.

Nigel Farage:
Well, it was rebellious in a funny sort of way, because actually, what Joseph represented was a political revolution. It was completely overturning everything we’d done for 25 years. And I remember when Joseph, when Keith Joseph came to the school, people standing up, and the whole screaming abuse, heckling. He was considered to be a terrible man, and I learned from that that if you challenge authority, if you take on the status quo, even whether you’re right, they’ll always be abusive about you, and I had to sort of bear a bit of that in mind in the last couple of years.

Speaker 1:
I’ve got some facts about you that people might not know.

Nigel Farage:
Oh dear.

Speaker 1:
You were once a Green voter.

Nigel Farage:
I was. It’s a terrible confession. I’d better carry on with this drink [crosstalk 00:12:13]

Speaker 1:
Have you talked in the light of that? Have you talked about the forming of the alliance with Natalie Bennett?

Nigel Farage:
Well, I mean, no, I did have counseling afterwards, obviously. I voted Green in 1989. Jonathon Porritt ran the party. Very sensible, very, very good guy. I do believe in conservation. And at the time, the Greens were a sensible party who thought that the European project would lead us into the hands of big business. As it has.

Speaker 1:
You once had a night out with Screaming Lord Sutch.

Nigel Farage:
Oh yeah. My first ever election, and it was 1994. UKIP was a brand-new party. I was the first-ever candidate. It was the the easterly bi-election in 1994, and I turned up at the whole, for the count, and met Screaming Lord Sutch. He said, “Oh hi, Nige. Alright mate.” He said, “I’ll tell you what. The rest of this lot are a bunch of bleep-bleep-bleep. Why don’t we go down the pub for a bit?” So we did.

Speaker 1:
And it was a good laugh on it right now?

Nigel Farage:
And we had a riot of a time. And I can tell you, that by a clear and crashing majority of 162 votes, I beat him and didn’t come last.

Speaker 1:
Congratulations.

Nigel Farage:
Thank you.

Speaker 1:
You owe your life to Adolph Hitler.

Nigel Farage:
Do I?

Speaker 1:
Well, you write so in your biography.

Nigel Farage:
Yeah, but I don’t remember that.

Speaker 1:
So this is about the car accident you were in when you were young, and you were hit by a Volkswagen Beetle, which of course was Hitler’s idea.

Nigel Farage:
I was.

Speaker 1:
And you think that if it had not been a Beetle, it might have finished you off.

Nigel Farage:
Well, the point was the bumpers are quite low on Beetles, so you can see where I was smashed up.

Speaker 1:
Ooh.

Nigel Farage:
But had it been-

Speaker 1:
You need to see some sun.

Nigel Farage:
Had it been … I do. Had it been a car with high bull pads, I might not be here.

Speaker 1:
Do you think when you had that, you had that plane crash, you had testicular cancer-

Nigel Farage:
I did, yeah.

Speaker 1:
Do you ever think Someone up there hates you?

Nigel Farage:
Well, no. I take the opposite view. I think to have survived all of these things is absolutely amazing. So, I owe it to myself to enjoy life.

Speaker 1:
Let me talk about something … now, you’ve been under, for many years, a lot of scrutiny about racism amongst your supporters. You’ve been very vigilant. When that has reared its head, you’ve dealt with it. You, I think more than any politician I’ve ever heard, has spent time telling us that you’re not racist. Does it keep you awake at night thinking, “What are these people hearing?” When racist people are joining your party or supporting your party, are you thinking to yourself, “What am I saying? Am I saying anything?” Do you have long, dark nights of the soul on that?

Nigel Farage:
No, I think it’s about portrayal. I mean, look, we are challenging the establishment. Just as Keith Joseph took abuse when I saw him all those years ago, we’re challenging the establishment. But we’re trying to take their jobs from them. And they are fighting back. And so, they find one person that says something horrible, and it gets blown up out of all proportion.

Speaker 1:
Quick thing on policy. You talk about renegotiating the Barnett formula. You say that Scotland’s getting too good a deal. Nicholas Sturgeon says that per head, Scotland’s actually paying more than it should. Are you worried that if it came to an EU referendum, there might be a schism in the UK as a result of that?

Nigel Farage:
It’s possible, but unlikely. Actually-

Speaker 1:
Because there’s a lot of support for the UE in Scotland, though.

Nigel Farage:
No, there isn’t actually. Scotland is marginally less eurosceptic than England. The differences between Scottish opinion and English opinion are not as wide as Nicholas Sturgeon would have you believe.

Speaker 1:
And does the same apply in Northern Ireland? Because obviously, there’s a lot of power sharing with institutions over there.

Nigel Farage:
Northern Ireland is so eurosceptic that I would be considered to be a lily-livered liberal when discussing Europe. Sinn Féin are against it. The DUP are against it. They’re all against it.

Speaker 1:
Alright, Nigel, we should let you go. Time’s up. Thank you for coming and talking to us.

Nigel Farage:
Thank you very much.

Nigel Farage Insists the UK Is Leaving the EU ‘For Better or for Worse’ Good Morning Britain

Nigel Farage:
I mean, it’s very simple. We voted to leave. To leave political union. To become an independent country. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister doesn’t really believe in that.

Nigel Farage:
So here’s the odd thing. We spent the last 30 years trying to opt out of bits of the European Union and our Prime Minister in these negotiations has been trying to opt us back into bits of the European Union.

Nigel Farage:
There is a way through this, the European Union now in Brussels are ready to do a free trade deal with, I picked up that mood last week, very distinctly, when I was over there. Why don’t we just get rid of checkers, get rid of regulator alignment, get rid of us staying close to it.

Matt Kelly:
And I think this whole idea that it’s simple and people just want to leave ignores the complexity underneath it. And the reality that within that simple statement there is a huge, huge mess that is unpickable. And we’ve been through two years now of people trying to unpick it and the government still can’t decide what it means.

Matt Kelly:
Yeah. How do we expect all of these people who voted in very good faith to leave?

Piers Morgan:
If it’s so complicated.

Matt Kelly:
Yeah.

Piers Morgan:
Why would we expect the electorate to be any better equipped to deal with this vote now than they were two years ago?

Matt Kelly:
I completely agree. I think the electorate are ill equipped, but I think Westminster-

Piers Morgan:
So why have a people’s vote then?

Matt Kelly:
Westminster is even worse to deal with it.

Piers Morgan:
Right, but it’s their job as- [crosstalk 00:01:14]

Matt Kelly:
It’s complete logjams.

Piers Morgan:
My point is you campaigning for people’s vote, right? I would argue as someone who voted remain, there’s already been a people’s vote and you have to respect it. You don’t want to do that. You want a second vote, but my point is if the electorate is deemed to be so ill equipped to deal with something so complex, why trust them with another vote?

Matt Kelly:
Because I think now it’s a bad job and we’ve got to make the best of it.

Matt Kelly:
My personal view, and I’m sorry to sound depressing on this, is that we have done ourselves enormous damage whatever happens. And there’s no pretty way out of this.

Piers Morgan:
But you would say that because you’re the editor of the New European. Somebody who’s [crosstalk 00:01:46] complain.

Matt Kelly:
I say that because I believe it.

Nigel Farage:
But this idea-

Piers Morgan:
No, I [crosstalk 00:01:48] you, but Nigel fundamentally, you believe, Nigel fundamentally believes the complete opposite. Do you accept-?

Matt Kelly:
Do you? Do you believe that this has done us any good?

Nigel Farage:
I, well, of course-

Matt Kelly:
What? The last two years has been good for Great Britain?

Nigel Farage:
What price freedom? What price independence?

Matt Kelly:
What do you mean by freedom?

Nigel Farage:
That is, this not a vote about economics. You know, I’m tired of hearing the pro EU side telling us foreign direct investment will leave. The city will close. It’ll be a disaster. We heard that over the Euro.

Matt Kelly:
I’m not saying-

Nigel Farage:
20 years ago, and we’re hearing the same thing from your side of the argument now. I also really object to the idea that people did not know what they were voting for. They did. They absolutely knew what they were voting for-

Matt Kelly:
No they didn’t.

Nigel Farage:
And they were threatened.

Matt Kelly:
No they didn’t.

Nigel Farage:
They were told-

Susanna Reid:
Nigel, even you-

Nigel Farage:
They were told-

Susanna Reid:
Nigel, even you admit it.

Nigel Farage:
… told that terrible things would happen.

Susanna Reid:
But even you admitted, the morning after the referendum on this program that one of the central tenets of the referendum campaign, 350 million on the side of a bus for the NHS, was not going to happen.

Nigel Farage:
That was- Let me-

Susanna Reid:
So you acknowledged that people didn’t know what they were voting for.

Nigel Farage:
That was … If that was an inaccuracy from Boris, it was nothing compared to 50 years of lies that we’ve been given.

Matt Kelly:
Nigel-

Nigel Farage:
Being told this is just about trade. It’s not, this is about politics. We have voted to run our own country for better or worse, richer or poorer, till death us do part. That is our decision and the idea that this should be forced upon the people again.

Nigel Farage:
I’ll tell you something, the breakdown in trust and belief, not just in our politicians but in our entire democratic system will be irreparable.

Matt Kelly:
What do you mean will be? It already is?

Nigel Farage:
If people are made to vote again.

Matt Kelly:
It’s completely gone already. I mean we’re in, the politics has completely lost.

Nigel Farage:
Well, I certainly … Certainly politicians aren’t popular. But-

Matt Kelly:
But one of the reasons, Nigel, that they’re not popular-

Nigel Farage:
But you told people-

Matt Kelly:
Is that you come out with all of these abstract concepts-

Nigel Farage:
You told people, you told people-

Matt Kelly:
Like and sovereigncy and freedom of the people and will of the people-

Nigel Farage:
How is freedom abstract?

Matt Kelly:
And you haven’t got the plan.

Nigel Farage:
How is freedom-

Matt Kelly:
You haven’t got a plan.

Nigel Farage:
But if you think freedom’s abstract, we’ve absolutely, we’ve got to the heart now-

Matt Kelly:
What is it? What is it? What is it?

Nigel Farage:
Of what all of us need to understand.

Matt Kelly:
What does it qualify? I’ll tell you what’s not abstract-

Nigel Farage:
You control your own borders. You make your own laws. You run your own country.

Matt Kelly:
No, it’s not.

Nigel Farage:
And you are the masters of your own destiny-

Matt Kelly:
We ran our own- We were masters-

Nigel Farage:
Not governed.

Matt Kelly:
We were mass-

Nigel Farage:
Not governed.

Matt Kelly:
Nigel-

Nigel Farage:
By a bunch of old men in Brussels.

Matt Kelly:
We were masters of our destiny when we chose to enter the European Union-

Nigel Farage:
We were lied to.

Matt Kelly:
Because we thought it was better for our economy.

Nigel Farage:
Because we were lied to.

Matt Kelly:
And it was better for our economy.

Nigel Farage:
Hang on, my parents voted for free trade.

Matt Kelly:
We were the fastest-

Nigel Farage:
Not for political domination.

Matt Kelly:
We were the fastest growing economy in the G7 before this. Now we’re the slowest. The European Union has-

Nigel Farage:
We’re not the slowest. Italy is slower than us.

Matt Kelly:
The European Union-

Nigel Farage:
Stop lying with the figures.

Matt Kelly:
I’m not lying. If-

Nigel Farage:
Italy are slower than we are.

Matt Kelly:
No. We are the slowest-

Susanna Reid:
Do you know what? I can imagine people at home-

Matt Kelly:
Slowest growing economy in the G7.

Susanna Reid:
Being absolutely fed up-

Nigel Farage:
because no one cares about the economics-

Matt Kelly:
I agree with that.

Nigel Farage:
But nobody believes the economics. This is simple.

Susanna Reid:
Nigel, is-

Nigel Farage:
It’s not about me saying we’d be better off, or you saying we’d be worse off. It’s about do we govern our own country or don’t we?

Susanna Reid:
Okay.

Matt Kelly:
No it’s not about that. It’s not about that.

Nigel Farage:
That is what Brexit’s about.

Susanna Reid:
Nigel, okay, is Theresa May in a position to get a good deal for the UK or should someone else take over?

Nigel Farage:
If she sticks to the checkers plan we will finish up in a worse place than we are today. We will effectively still be taking European rules, still paying money, still having a foreign court overseeing us, still have open borders and have zero say on any of it. Either May chucks checkers and does it quickly or the party will chuck her.

Piers Morgan:
Okay. Matt. Let me ask you this. On the people’s vote, what would the question be? Assuming we get to a peoples vote, which may happen, I mean it may be that nothing else will work. We get to a people’s vote. What would the question be for the public the second time around?

Matt Kelly:
So I think the first thing to say is that that should be the one thing that we can now leave to our parliamentarians to decide.

Piers Morgan:
But you’re the editor of the New European-

Matt Kelly:
But, yes, so I would say it should be binary. I don’t, this idea that there’s three things is going to split something.

Susanna Reid:
Right, it can’t be.

Piers Morgan:
So what would it be?

Matt Kelly:
So it would be whatever the deal on the table is versus remaining in the European Union.

Piers Morgan:
Do you accept the deal that’s on the table or do you stay in?

Matt Kelly:
Yes.

Nigel Farage:
Or do you leave? Or do you leave.

Matt Kelly:
And to me-

Nigel Farage:
Do you accept the deal or do you leave?

Susanna Reid:
Or do you go back and renegotiate?

Matt Kelly:
No, I wouldn’t go back. I honestly, I think we’ve wasted two years.

Piers Morgan:
But at the [crosstalk 00:05:33]

Nigel Farage:
You can’t have this both ways.

Piers Morgan:
But Matt, here’s the problem-

Nigel Farage:
We voted already.

Piers Morgan:
Here’s my problem. I would love us to go back in. I’m a remainer really at heart, I don’t know why we’re doing this. However, hasn’t he got a point? If you don’t make leaving one of the options, maybe the deal on the table is nothing that he says represents Brexit at all.

Matt Kelly:
But isn’t that just a complete picture of the whole problem that no one can decide what Brexit means because it’s unknowable? Brexit does not work.

Piers Morgan:
But that is a failure of Theresa May and her leadership.

Matt Kelly:
No, it’s a failure of the question.

Piers Morgan:
Somebody who, by the way, is a remainer who therefore doesn’t really believe in where the train’s going anyway.

Matt Kelly:
You know the best analogy in this whole thing has been about they’re picking the eggs out of the omelette after it’s been made. You cannot take the eggs out once they’ve been cracked. We’re too far depp.

Piers Morgan:
If it were the other way round, if remain had won 52-48-

Matt Kelly:
Would he have stopped?

Piers Morgan:
Would you have accepted?

Nigel Farage:
There would be no debate.

Piers Morgan:
Would you-

Nigel Farage:
There wouldn’t be a debate.

Piers Morgan:
Would you have accepted that there could be a second referendum if Nigel demanded one?

Nigel Farage:
There wouldn’t be a debate.

Matt Kelly:
Well Nigel said it was unfinished business. He’s on record saying 52-48-

Nigel Farage:
No, no, no. I said some would not reconcile themselves-

Matt Kelly:
No you didn’t.

Nigel Farage:
But it will be at least 20 years before we had any prospect of a referendum-

Matt Kelly:
Hold on-

Nigel Farage:
How look, we have made a decision-

Matt Kelly:
Fake news though. Fake news.

Nigel Farage:
You are quite entitled to call for a second referendum on this, quite entitled. Once we’ve left and given this a few years to see whether it works. I would respect that.

Matt Kelly:
We’ve given it a few years.

Nigel Farage:
But the idea, before we’ve even left the European Union, that you should force people to vote again because you think they’re ignorant peasants-

Matt Kelly:
What are you scared of?

Nigel Farage:
Who didn’t get it right.

Matt Kelly:
What are you scared of?

Susanna Reid:
On that, but can I put one thing-

Nigel Farage:
It took us 40 years to get a referendum out of you.

Susanna Reid:
You don’t want there to be a deal because you want to stay. If we did a referendum on this is the deal or we stay, surely that kiboshes the negotiations because the EU would have no motivation to give us a good deal because if they give us a bad deal, they know that the public would vote against it and stay in the EU.

Matt Kelly:
I’m not convinced that the EU are that cynical and you’ll laugh.

Piers Morgan:
Come on, Matt, come on.

Matt Kelly:
No, no, I’m not. I’m not. I think the EU-

Susanna Reid:
They want the UK to stay as part of the EU-

Piers Morgan:
Just look at Junker.

Susanna Reid:
because they don’t want other countries to go that way.

Matt Kelly:
Junker’s not the point, is it? Junker’s not the point.

Piers Morgan:
Look at [inaudible 00:07:28], they want to screw us in the ground.

Matt Kelly:
They’re not point. Ultimately it’s going to come down to-

Piers Morgan:
It’s not in their interest to do any good deal with us over this, is it? Because if we do a good deal and it’s beneficial to this country, everybody also will want to do it.

Nigel Farage:
The Danes will want to leave. The Italians … I mean the whole European project is crumbling around its ears anyway.

Piers Morgan:
It all hinges actually on how this gets resolved. That’s why it’s so important. But I come back to this people’s vote. If the only options are take this deal, which many Brexiteers may feel a time it washes up on a table to be voted on is no where near what they thought they voted for, or to stay in. What you’re really saying is a Brexit option as most Brexiteers define it no longer exists as an option to vote.

Matt Kelly:
But that’s not my fault. That’s the fault of the fact that Brexit is completely undefinable.

Piers Morgan:
But that’s what you would like because it basically basically means Brexit becomes no longer an option.

Matt Kelly:
Yeah. No, let me just say what I would like, right? Nigel’s full of his abstracts around freedom of the country itself.

Susanna Reid:
Yeah. But they’re very powerful.

Nigel Farage:
It’s the sort of thing our grandparetns used to fight for, it really matters.

Matt Kelly:
Yeah. I know that, but hang on, let me say something.

Nigel Farage:
Being a free country actually matter.

Matt Kelly:
Let me say something. I suggest that we are a free country and I think it’s absolutely insulting to the idea that Westminster isn’t a sovereign nation. What are the load of nonsense.

Nigel Farage:
You gave it away.

Matt Kelly:
Listen, what I’m more interested in is the people who voted in good faith in Sunderland, in north east of the country, in Wales, who voted believing that almost overnight their lives are going to improve because that’s what people told them. That now they’re sitting there thinking, hang on, all I’m hearing is a procession of bad news. I’m not saying it’s going to be a catastrophe. I don’t. I think this language of extremes is really damaging. But what I am saying is that where is the obvious upside now? And if you’re a betting person and if you’re betting on your family’s life, your future, you’re going to be okay with your nice pension, but these people-

Nigel Farage:
You would say let’s get out of this failing European project-

Matt Kelly:
No you wouldn’t.

Nigel Farage:
You’ve got populism rising-

Matt Kelly:
That’s politics.

Nigel Farage:
To give every country in Europe this idea-

Matt Kelly:
You present yourself as an anti-politician. You’re not-

Nigel Farage:
… of a European government, a European government-

Susanna Reid:
Do you think-

Nigel Farage:
… governed by an unelected European Commission is unacceptable for the whole of Europe.

Matt Kelly:
This is the elites talking.

Nigel Farage:
And we are the first getting out thank goodness.

Matt Kelly:
This is elites talking.

Piers Morgan:
But Matt, there is a slight self-righteousness about your position, which is that you-

Matt Kelly:
There’s all, you know me Piers.

Piers Morgan:
Of course, I mean we used to work together. [crosstalk 00:09:45]

Susanna Reid:
Is that yes I’m self righteous or no I’m not?

Matt Kelly:
If it’s within my nature, I am genetically self-righteous.

Piers Morgan:
We worked together for years at the Mirror and I have to say, nothing to do with this debate, but the New Europe has been a brilliant success story.

Matt Kelly:
Thank you.

Piers Morgan:
In a business that is actually really struggling, newspapers, and you’ve got it going and it has a following of people. You get hold of credible writers and I take my hat off to you. My problem with it is there is this, I feel it when I talked to Allister Campbell and lots of other very fervent remainers, there’s a self righteousness about them being absolutely right.

Susanna Reid:
Shouldn’t you believe you’re right?

Matt Kelly:
No, I don’t-

Piers Morgan:
Well hang on. My point is this, and yet nobody knows, the best interview I saw recently was some Lord last week. He said, here’s the bottom line, he said, Skylar, he said none of us know what’s going to happen. The truthful answer is we don’t really know.

Matt Kelly:
Piers, this is entirely my position.

Piers Morgan:
But all your pretext is it’s going to be bad.

Matt Kelly:
No, that’s not my pretext.

Piers Morgan:
Even thought we haven’t haven’t left yet.

Matt Kelly:
No, you’re misrepresenting me. My pretext is there’s not enough obvious upside to take this enormous gamble with all our futures. There’s just isn’t.

Piers Morgan:
Nigel, respond to that.

Nigel Farage:
Do you know what? None of us can predict what will happen leaving the European Union or staying in the European Union.

Matt Kelly:
What are the upsides?

Nigel Farage:
And of that is the absolute truth of it.

Matt Kelly:
What are the upsides?

Nigel Farage:
But in a world that is rapidly changing and given that the eurozone is now only 15% of the global economy, let’s get with the 21st century. Let’s not obsess with Europe. Let’s get our independence and let’s start looking globally-

Matt Kelly:
How can you not, how can you not obsess?

Nigel Farage:
Let’s think globally about our future. There is a big, exciting future out there.

Matt Kelly:
How can you not obsess with the biggest trading block in the world? [crosstalk 00:11:10]

Nigel Farage:
It’s diminishing every year that goes by.

Piers Morgan:
Time out. Before we finish this debate, I want to just talk to you, Nigel, about part of the problem are that some of the voices in Europe that you in particular have been supportive of and have been very supportive of you, are what many people in this country believe are highly undesirable people.

Matt Kelly:
Fascists.

Piers Morgan:
Viktor Orbán, right? That Hungary prime minister who is clearly very antisemitic, for example, at a time when antisemitism is a huge debate in this country.

Nigel Farage:
Well ask the Labor Party about that.

Piers Morgan:
But how can you align yourself in any way with somebody who is so demonstrably antisemitic?

Nigel Farage:
I think the real point about Viktor Orbán is that he does not accept mass migration into Hungary, particularly-

Piers Morgan:
But he’s antisemitic.

Nigel Farage:
I’ve never seen it. I’ve never seen it.

Piers Morgan:
You’ve never seen it?

Nigel Farage:
No, I really haven’t. What I have seen is he is worried about mass Muslim immigration into Hungary fundamentally changing the country, but let me just say this Piers, the reason you’ve got the growth of brand new parties, and I have to say there are many of them that I would not support or want supporting me. The reason is that the cold concept of free movement of people and of anybody crossing the Mediterranean being allowed in has spawned a new kind of politics.

Piers Morgan:
Do you feel-

Nigel Farage:
It is all because of the failure, the failure-

Piers Morgan:
Okay, let me ask you this.

Nigel Farage:
Of those that support the European Union.

Piers Morgan:
Okay, but do you feel that Jewish people have no homeland but feel the whole world is theirs?

Nigel Farage:
I would never subscribe to that.

Piers Morgan:
And what would you think about somebody who said that?

Nigel Farage:
Well, I wouldn’t vote labor, that’s for certain.

Matt Kelly:
Can I make a point?

Piers Morgan:
What would you say about somebody who said that?

Nigel Farage:
Well, if that’s the Labor party that I’ve … Piers, Piers, look-

Piers Morgan:
No, that’s Viktor Orbán.

Matt Kelly:
That’s Viktor Orbán.

Nigel Farage:
I’m not here to support-

Piers Morgan:
But wouldn’t it help you?

Nigel Farage:
I am not here to support the far left in Greece. Let’s forget, you know, don’t forget for a minute it was the far left in Greece that [crosstalk 00:12:49] government.

Piers Morgan:
But what about this guy Orbán who’s been so effusive about you in public and you’ve been supportive about him in public, right? It doesn’t help your cause to be aligning yourself with people like that.

Nigel Farage:
I’m not aligned with him, but let’s make the point-

Piers Morgan:
Would you denounce what he said about Jewish people?

Nigel Farage:
Piers, Piers, Piers, he is the democratically elected leader of Hungary, reelected last year with a big majority. He does not accept that mass migration within Europe is a success. That is what it is really all about.

Piers Morgan:
He’s also an antisemite.

Matt Kelly:
Can I make a very quick point on Orbán? Can I make a very quick point? Yesterday we had Michael Gove-

Nigel Farage:
Let me tell you, culturally, culturally you will [inaudible 00:13:18] that.

Matt Kelly:
We had Michael Gove on BBC TV, effectively saying that Britain is no longer in a position to call out antisemitic fascist regimes because we’ve got to do a Brexit deal with them.

Susanna Reid:
We need them to be on our side.

Matt Kelly:
That’s some sovereignty this is turning out to be.

Nigel Farage:
We might get an anti Semite government in this country if Corbyn takes over.

Matt Kelly:
Some taking back control. Honestly.

Nigel Farage:
Let’s at least get perspective. New politics is happening in Europe because of the failure of the European Union. Mass migration is not what the public want anywhere in Europe.

Nigel Farage Reacts on the Vote to Delay Brexit Good Morning Britain

Speaker 1:
What is your reaction then to the results of the votes last night?

Nigel Farage:
Look, we voted to leave. We backed it up in a general election. 500 MPs voted for Article 50, which said we leave on the 29th of March, with or without a deal, and now we have a big majority in Parliament not to leave on March the 29th. I think Keith, your interviewee, who was from the remain camp, whether you remain or leave, we just want the government to get on with this, end this agony that we’re going through, and let’s get on with the rest of our lives. To me, the only logical thing we can now do is to leave on March the 29th with no-deal, because her deal has failed twice.

Speaker 3:
But the Prime Minister said-

Speaker 1:
[crosstalk 00:00:46] she’s doing her best to get her deal through, isn’t she?

Speaker 3:
… and she would say the logical way to get Brexit … in fact, if we delay there’s a danger that Brexit won’t happen … the logical way to get Brexit is to go for her deal.

Nigel Farage:
Well, the trouble with her deal … and by the way, it’s not a deal, it’s a new European treaty. I’ve read that treaty. I’ve studied it. In many ways, it’s even worse than being a member of the European Union, in terms of us being bound in to European rules, possibly in perpetuity. And the next phase of negotiations … and I met Mr. Barnier earlier this week … the next phase of negotiations could take another four years. I don’t think we wanna go through that process. This deal’s the wrong deal. The Prime Minister has made an horrendous mess of it. So let’s just leave. Let’s have a clean break in a few days time and get on with things.

Speaker 3:
But Parliament’s voted against no-deal. All the economic analysis says no-deal will be disastrous. You still want no-deal, because you want something to happen to take us towards Brexit. And you’re right, it does look like it might not be able to happen now. I think everybody who voted for it will be fearful of that this morning. But being practical, and thinking of those whose jobs and lives depend on it, everything that we looked at looks like no-deal will be disastrous.

Nigel Farage:
Look, we were told if we didn’t join the Euro, it’d be a disaster. We were told if we voted Brexit, half a million jobs would go immediately. The opposite has happened. This is not about some economic forecast, some doom mongering, this is a democratic choice of the British people in the biggest democratic exercise in our history. We want to become an independent country, free of being governed by Mr. Juncker and Mr. Tusk and all of these people, and Parliament is not delivering on its promises. That really is the crux of this problem.

Speaker 1:
Right. Well, the plan is now to get an extension to ensure the fact that they can do that, to try and sort out a deal. You’re not helping them, are you? You’ve campaigned for European leaders to refuse any extension. Is it true that you’ll now be speaking to them and saying that you think that they should stop the extension happening? That’s an act of sabotage, isn’t it?

Nigel Farage:
I don’t want four more years of agony, and there are many other European countries who would rather we just got on with this. And come on, I am trying to honor the way the British people voted in a referendum, in a general election, and a promise that a Prime Minister made over 100 times to the British people. I want us to leave on March 29th, and I think that European summit that takes place next Thursday, it could be a very dramatic evening. But if other countries say, “We don’t wanna go on with this, we just want Britain to leave,” then I think they’d be doing us the most enormous favor.

Speaker 1:
So you’re saying get out at any cost. Are you saying that you will be speaking to European leaders to ask them to refuse an extension?

Nigel Farage:
I’m gonna speak to other European leaders to say, “Look, do you really want four more years of this agony, which is Mr. Barnier’s proposal?” I’m not sure I’ve got much influence over them, but please don’t think just because a British Prime Minister turns up in Brussels next Thursday and asks for extension, it’s not guaranteed, I promise you.

Nigel Farage on Brexit and Donald Trump (Full CNN interview)

Speaker 1:
If David Cameron is to some extent the official player on behalf of the United Kingdom in the dinners and meetings, Nigel Farage is probably the unofficial leader in that sense, because he was the unofficial leader within a large point of the Brexit campaign. We’ve already heard your speech, or part of it, in parliament this morning. You were almost gratuitously rude to the parliamentarians, and you enjoyed it.

Nigel Farage:
No, look, they were abusing me from the moment I started. Twice the president of the parliament had to cease proceedings and say, “Please listen to Mr. Farage.” Then what I said to them, can we be grownup about this? Can we talk about trade deals? And then they all laughed and giggled. That was when I said to them, “Well of course the trouble with you people is none of you have ever had a proper job,” which wasn’t wrong.

Speaker 1:
But the point is, Mr. Farage, it hardly endears you to the very people who are going to have to give their consent to an agreement in two years time if you are read to them.

Nigel Farage:
Well, they called me all the names under the sun, I just teased them about the fact they’re basically a bunch of bureaucrats who’ve never had a proper job. Look, forget that.

Speaker 1:
You don’t like them?

Nigel Farage:
They don’t like me, it’s mutual.

Speaker 1:
And you haven’t liked them for how many years?

Nigel Farage:
All 17 that I’ve been here. Look, what they’ve tried to do is to build a political union without consent. And I’ve been in there to fight against it. And finally a member state of this union has said we wish to succeed, and they didn’t like it much.

Speaker 1:
So, our viewers in the United States who are watching now and wondering what on earth is going to happen to Britain, how can Britain thrive, I didn’t say survive, I say thrive outside the European Union when the banks have been decimated in the share price, and the threats have been very severe?

Nigel Farage:
Do you know, yesterday …

Speaker 1:
And the pound has fallen 13, 14%.

Nigel Farage:
And the FTSE’s up 3% today, 12% up since its lows in February. Sterling is much marginally lower than it was in February, so can we stop this nonsense about the markets? The pound has been in a better market since July 2014, fact. Now, American viewers, imagine if NAFTA was a political union. Imagine if a court in Mexico could overall anything that congress did. Imagine if you had free movement of people with Mexico, how would you feel? You wouldn’t like it. And what we’re doing in the UK, we’re reasserting our democratic rights, and in terms of business and trade, we’ll go on trading.

Speaker 1:
You are starting to sound in some way, with the similar policies to Donald Trump. Now, he admires the Brexit result, he said it was fantastic, it was brilliant. Do you admire Donald Trump in this US Presidential Election?

Nigel Farage:
Well, Donald Trump dares to talk about things that other people want to brush under the carpet. What Mr. Trump is doing in America is very different from what I’m trying to do in the United Kingdom. My problem in politics is far greater than Donald Trump’s. We literally have lost our sovereignty, lost our borders, lost our ability [crosstalk 00:03:08].

Speaker 1:
He would say the same thing about US borders.

Nigel Farage:
Well, the problem that you’ve got in the US is illegal immigration. Our problem is legal immigration to half a billion people.

Speaker 1:
So, you wouldn’t be looking to him for too much support, because on the one hand he also says if he becomes President of the United States, Barack Obama’s going to the back of the trade queue wouldn’t happen, you’d be at the front of the queue. So, in many ways you must hope he becomes president.

Nigel Farage:
Well, I think for the United Kingdom, I think Trump would be better for us than Barack Obama’s been, of that there’s no doubt.

Speaker 1:
And against Hilary Clinton? Or are you not going to take sides at this early stage?

Nigel Farage:
There’s nothing on Earth could persuade me ever to vote for Hilary Clinton.

Speaker 1:
You sure you don’t want to think about that for a second?

Nigel Farage:
No, absolutely not. I mean she represents the political elite, it’s almost as if she feels she has a divine right to have that job.

Speaker 1:
You keep talking about the political elite, you keep talking about the establishment, sir, you’re part of it. You’ve been here for 17 years.

Nigel Farage:
Yeah, but I came into it from business. I used to trade commodities and currencies. I had a proper job once.

Speaker 1:
So, how on earth do you have the effrontery to criticize Wall Street, the banks. You criticize big business when you were part of those markets.

Nigel Farage:
Well, yeah, but the markets aren’t just dominated by big business. Good markets have small and medium sized competitors trading in them too. And look, the actions of Goldman Sachs in cahoots with this European Commission, getting Greece into the Euro and everything else, we need change.

Speaker 1:
All right, you’ve got your change, you’ve got your referendum. You’ve got to agree that the UK at the moment, the Labour Party has imploded, Jeremy Corbyn has lost the … opposition party that is … has lost the vote of confidence. The prime minister has resigned. You’ve got leadership elections in two parties, this is sending a terrible message about what’s happening in Britain [crosstalk 00:05:08].

Nigel Farage:
It’s a great message.

Speaker 1:
How can you say that, sir?

Nigel Farage:
It’s a great message. Our political class have let us down like a cheap pair of braces, and what we did last week in that referendum was say get thee gone. Political change will be a good healthy constructive thing.

Speaker 1:
How much damage are you prepared to see, because the chancellor now accepts that there will be a recession, he said so on BBC Radio this morning, he accepts that there’s going to be economic damage. How much damage are you prepared to accept before you rebuild the house?

Nigel Farage:
Do you know something? Freedom, independence, democracy, not being a slave for somebody else is something upon which you can’t put a price. And what we did last Thursday is we voted to take back our country, to take back our laws, our courts, our borders, our pride and self respect. And do you know what? Actually I think in trade terms we’re going to do better than we did before. Just last night the Australia and New Zealand prime minister’s said they want to come to the front of the queue for a trade deal with Britain.

Speaker 1:
Now, let’s just look at our European partners, Angela Merkel sounds as if she’s pardon the pun, angling to do a deal, or at least there is a deal. But they won’t allow informal negotiations without Article 50 being invoked. And that’s not going to be invoked, this is the article when the time limit begins. So, when would you like to see it invoked?

Nigel Farage:
I feel now that there is a logic that says that there is a degree of uncertainty as to where we’re going with all of this, and it doesn’t make sense to wait until the autumn. I think what the government needs to do is to put a negotiating team in place, and to declare Article 50, to invoke it, within the next few weeks.

Speaker 1:
Within the next few weeks?

Nigel Farage:
Yeah.

Speaker 1:
Before the next leader is in place, before the new prime minister?

Nigel Farage:
Yeah, I think you do need to send a message that we’re serious about this. We didn’t play around, we’re honoring the referendum result. Let’s crack on.

Speaker 1:
A couple more questions, do you have a view on the next prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

Nigel Farage:
As long as he or she is committed to upholding the will of 17.5 million people last Thursday in that referendum, I couldn’t care less who it is. What I don’t want to see is backsliding.

Speaker 1:
Just on this question about the money, you’ve been ousted a million times, you’ve said you would never have made that promise about spending £350 million on the NHS. But, when that promise was being made, Mr. Farage, you weren’t out there saying hang on, this isn’t right, you can’t make this guarantee. Hang on, this is being disingenuous. Hang on, this money needs to be spent elsewhere. You kept quiet.

Nigel Farage:
I kept saying that net, our contribution was £220 million a week, which we could spend on whatever we chose.

Speaker 1:
But you didn’t challenge your fellow Brexiteers on their assertion that it would go to …

Nigel Farage:
No.

Speaker 1:
… should you have done?

Nigel Farage:
Well, that’s my problem, I’m just too soft, too kind, and too easy.

Speaker 1:
There are many words that I would use to describe you, sir, none of those would come within my vocabulary. Finally, if you were in the room tonight, at dinner, you’d probably be on the menu rather than actually sitting at the table, but if you were in the room at dinner, what would you be saying to your fellow European partners over the Chateaubriand? We don’t know what’s on the menu, but …

Nigel Farage:
The wine would be good.

Nigel Farage:
I would just say let’s stop threatening, let’s stop being silly. You need us far more than we need you. Let’s crack on, have a sensible tariff free trade deal, and allow us to be free, to go off and pursue our global ambitions.

Speaker 1:
Nigel Farage, thank you sir. There’s an enormous number of people waiting to talk to you, so I thank you as always for being honest and forthright as always.

Personal statement by Nigel Farage MEP regarding the extradition of Chris Tappin to the USA

Christopher Tappin is a retired buisnessman from Orpington, South East London.

He has now been extradited to the United States over charges of conspiring to sell parts for Iranian missiles after a last ditch plea to block the extradition failed.

Mr Tappin denies conspiring to export the batteries for Hawk air defence missiles and believes he is the victim of a “sting” by the FBI.

Cameron has been ‘wholly destructive’ in Tappin Case: Farage

“Mr Cameron’s role in the whole Tappin affair has been wholly destructive. By his office publicly voicing concerns over Mr Tappin’s defence. He of all people should recognise that All defendants are entitled to the presumption of innocence before trial. To that end, Cameron should be agitating to ensure he gets bail, rather than repeating untested allegations whilst Tappin remains in prison, unable to answer for himself. Silence on the Prime Minister’s part would have been more constructive than what he has done. Tappin’s guilt or innocence is beside the point. What is, is the way that due process and fairness has been overthrown to earn brownie points with his new best friend in the Whitehouse.”

Neil Tappin, Christopher Tappin’s son today said

“My father, as with any person charged with any offence, is unquestionably entitled to the presumption of innocence. Any official, elected or otherwise, who fails to recognize and apply that most basic principle, should be ashamed.

“There is now much misinformation now being peddled, ie that my father is accused of arms dealing – which is not true. He stands accused of failing to get an export license to export controlled goods, albeit he was in fact the shipping agent for items he believed were destined for the automotive industry, acting under instructions from his client. Furthermore, no evidence whatsoever has been presented that my father “discussed the specifics of the plot” with federal US agents. My father intends to demonstrate the fallacy of the prosecution’s case at trial.

“Judge Castaneda, presiding over the original US bail hearing, concurred that my father appeared to have a strong defence to the allegations. We were therefore stunned when bail was denied. The US prosecutor has throughout contested my father’s bail application, claiming that he’s a danger to the community and at risk of fleeing the jurisdiction. Yet for 2 years my father has fully complied with each and every condition of bail that was required of him by the UK courts. There is no reason at all to conclude he is either a flight risk or a danger to anyone.

“Our family asks for nothing more than the support of the UK government in securing bail now my father is in the US. The irony is that a British citizen is being accused of being a “flight risk” by the US in part because he did nothing more than exercise his lawful right to resist extradition in the UK. Instead of acknowledging such, the Prime Minister’s quoted comments today suggest he is acting as Judge, Jury and executioner. We are extremely disappointed by his comments.

“My father, and all those subjected to this discredited piece of UK legislation, deserves the presumption of innocence before trial.”

People can register their support for Chris Tappin by signing this petition

“It is time we stood up for Mr. Tappin and other UK nationals and told the USA we wish to amend this Treaty.”

Hugh’s Fish Fight

Letter to those who have been contacted by Chris Davies MEP:

First let me stress that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been a complete environmental, economic and social disaster and UKIP uses what say it has in the EU “Parliament” to vote against discards and protect British fishing.

Where Mr. Davies claims that UKIP and the political group we are attached to, does not have its views represented on the CFP reform is simply not true.

1. When Mr. Farage cannot attend a fisheries committee meeting there is always a substitute member who takes his place.  So the vote we are given on the committee is used by a nominated substitute and not wasted.

2.  May I direct you to a short video of Nigel directly challenging the EU fisheries Commissioner on discards, in the fisheries committee:
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=aUYrj-mjIu4

3. The CFP reform comes in a number of different legislative proposals.  One of which was authored by an MEP of our political group.  So to say our group has not been involved in CFP reform is very naughty to say the least.

4.  We have a dedicated UKIP staff member who follows very closely all legislative proposals which come through the fisheries committee and we most certainly table amendments and seek to defend British fishingrights where we can.  For example – Mr. Farage will be tabling amendments on shark finning, which will close the loopholes in EU law and help ban the awful practise outright.

What Mr. Davies fails to mention is that MEPs have very little say over EU legislation.  The only people who can propose, repeal or initiate reform of EU law is the EU Commission who are not elected at all.  It is true MEPs can make amendments to legislation but that needs agreement with the EU Council and also, if a bill reaches a second reading, the Commission can have such amendments removed fairly easily.

The UK has given up 100% of fishing regulation to the EU.  The MPs you elect can’t do anything about it, theUK government can’t do anything about it, the MEPs you vote for are powerless to initiate any reform. No one you vote for can initiate or substantially change any CFP reform.

The only way we can deal with the problem of discards is by taking back control of fishing policy and instituting policies to end such waste – which means kicking the EU out of Britain.

UKIP policy on fishing can be summarised as below:

• Immediately withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy

• Reassert our territorial rights, reclaim our fishing grounds, restore our fishing fleet and support our fishingindustry for future generations

• Return £2.5bn a year in fish sales to the UK economy

• Establish an ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ extending 200 nautical miles from the UK’s coastline over which the UK exerts total control

• Abandon all EU quotas and strictly forbid the shameful discarding of dead fish – sometimes up to 70% of catches or 800,000 tons p.a.

• Require all commercial species of fish caught, regardless of size or species, to be landed and recorded. This will allow the Government to determine how best to manage the recovery of UK fishing grounds. To preservefish stocks, UKIP will establish a system of moveable ‘No Take Zones’ allowing fish to spawn and assisting recovery in overfished areas

• Ban all forms of industrial fishing and pair trawling for bass. Industrial trawlers have helped cause a catastrophic decline in key fish species

• Strengthen the UK’s Fishery Protection resources to guard British fishing grounds

Yours sincerely

Nigel Farage MEP

Statement on Hugh’s Fish Fight

Many thanks to everyone who has sent me letters regarding the disastrous and morally bankrupt Common Fisheries Policy. This is something which I have been campaigning against for many years and as a Sea Angler is a policy very close to my heart.

Please find below my response to your enquiries:

Dear Correspondent

Thank you for your email regarding reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

The CFP has, quite frankly, been an economic and environmental disaster in which the UK fishing industry and fish stocks have suffered terribly.

The draconian quotas system, forced on to us by the EU, has led to the throwing of dead fish back into the sea. For example in the North Sea, nearly half of all fish caught are thrown back dead. That is nearly one million tonnes a year.

But the question remains what we can do about it?

As I’m sure you are aware, the UK gave up regulation of the fishing industry to the EU. So not one MP you or anyone else elected in the UK can propose or amend law regarding discards or the wider fishing sector. The government repeatedly comes out against discards, as was seen by the recent “fish fight” (CFP reform) campaign led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. What is laughably called the Fisheries Minister, supports Hugh, but can do nothing about it.

So Hugh went to the top. He met with EU Commissioner Damanaki (Fisheries portfolio) and for the cameras, she said that “you the people can make this change” – when in fact this isn’t true. The EU parliament has very little say and is easily ignored by the Commission, which is the only body that can really regulate.

The UK MPs you elect can’t do anything about it, the UK government can’t do anything about it, the MEPs you vote for are powerless to initiate reform. No one you vote for can initiate or substantially change any CFP reform. It is at this point I have to ask the question, what sort of democracy do we live in when we can’t change a policy by the ballot box?

This gets to the core of my position. The only way we can deal with the problem of discards is by taking back control of fishing policy and instituting policies to end such waste – which means kicking the EU out of Britain.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and more areas becoming an EU “competence”; look at environmental legislation and the effects of bio fuels on developing countries, look at the Common Agriculture Policy – one disaster after another and there’s nothing we can do about it because the Commission calls the shots, and we can’t vote them in or out.

UKIP policy on fishing can be summarised as below:

• Immediately withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy

• Reassert our territorial rights, reclaim our fishing grounds, restore our fishing fleet and support our fishing industry for future generations

• Return £2.5bn a year in fish sales to the UK economy

• Establish an ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ extending 200 nautical miles from the UK’s coastline over which the UK exerts total control

• Abandon all EU quotas and strictly forbid the shameful discarding of dead fish – sometimes up to 70% of catches or 800,000 tons p.a.

• Require all commercial species of fish caught, regardless of size or species, to be landed and recorded. This will allow the Government to determine how best to manage the recovery of UK fishing grounds. To preserve fish stocks, UKIP will establish a system of moveable ‘No Take Zones’ allowing fish to spawn and assisting recovery in overfished areas

• Ban all forms of industrial fishing and pair trawling for bass. Industrial trawlers have helped cause a catastrophic decline in key fish species

As a member of the Fisheries Committee in the EU “Parliament” I have made many speeches against discards.

Here is one from the hearing of Commissioner Damanaki:

I shall, of course, vote against the quota system any chance I get, and will continue to speak out against discards as much as I can in the media.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Farage