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Nigel Farage

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[[File:Nigel Farageof UKIP.jpg|thumb|300px|Nigel Faragein 2008]]'''Nigel Paul Farage''' (born 3 April 1964) is a [[conservative]] and [[Euroskeptic]] British politician and former leader of the [[Brexit Party]]. He formerly led the [[UK Independence Party]] (UKIP) from 2010 to 2016; he also held that position from September 2006 to November 2009. Since 1999, he has been a Member of the [[European Parliament]] for South East England and co-chairs the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group.
Farage's goal, leaving is noted for his strong opposition to the [[globalist]] and [[socialist]] [[European Union]].<ref>Friedman, Victoria (September 17, 2019). [ Farage: The EU Is ‘Building an Empire. Why Deny It?’] ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 17, 2019.</ref> His goal to leave the EU was achieved when the British people voted to leave the EU in a June 23, 2016 referendum.<ref>Armstrong, Paul (July 15, 2016). [http Nigel Farage: Arch-eurosceptic and Brexit 'puppet master']. ''CNN''. Retrieved October 4, 2016.</ref><ref>Jamieson, Alastair (June 25, 2016). [http Brexit Result: Meet the Men Who Took Britain Out of Europe]. ''NBC News''. Retrieved October 4, 2016.</ref> Although the more liberal supporters of [[Brexit]] shunned him, he was instrumental in having the referendum held in the first place.<ref>Wiseman, Oliver (December 9, 2016). [ Mr. Farage Goes to Washington]. ''National Review''. Retrieved December 15, 2016.</ref>
Farage was very influential and arguably the most significant British politician in the early 21st Century.<ref>Multiple references:*Stanley, Tim (September 16, 2016). [http Au revoir Nigel Farage, the Kentish bloke who repainted Britain purple]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved October 4, 2016.</ref><ref>*Bloom, Godfrey (July 4, 2016). [http When we founded Ukip, Brexit was a lost cause. Nigel Farage changed all that]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved October 4, 2016.See also:*Davies, Andrew (August 13, 2019). [ Brexit has changed everything, even the wind]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 13, 2019.</ref> Farage strongly and vocally supported [[Donald Trump]]'s successfully presidential candidacy.<ref>Farage, Nigel (November 22, 2016). [ FARAGE: I Am Prepared to Help Britain Work with President Trump]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved December 15, 2016.</ref> They developed a very strong friendship, and Farage visited Trump several times after the election,<ref>Hope, Christopher (December 15, 2016). [ Nigel Farage meets Donald Trump for a third time amid speculation of new role advising on UK/US trade deal]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved December 15, 2016.</ref><ref>Riley-Smith, Ben (June 4, 2019). [ How Nigel Farage's support during Donald Trump's darkest political hour cemented their friendship]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved June 6, 2019.</ref> and Trump even stated publicly that he would make a good ambassador to the U.S.<ref>Mance, Henry; Brown, John Murray (November 22, 2016). [ Trump’s Nigel Farage tweet ruffles UK feathers]. ''Financial Times''. Retrieved December 15, 2016.</ref> Farage supports [[border wall]]s to combat illegal immigration.<ref>Montgomery, Jack (January 9, 2019). [ Farage Backs Trump’s Wall: ‘I Wish Europe Had Done This Years Ago’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved January 9, 2019.</ref>
== Life ==
Farage was a founding member of UKIP, having left the [[Conservative Party]] born in 1992 after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. Having unsuccessfully campaigned in European and Westminster parliamentary elections for UKIP since 1994Farnborough, Kent, he won a seat as MEP for South East England in the 1999 European Parliament Election—the first year the regional list system was used—and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. Farage describes himself as a libertarian and rejects any suggestion that he is really a Conservative, on April 3, 1964.{{fact}}
== Career ==Farage was a founding member of UKIP, having left the [[Conservative Party]] in 1992 after the signing of the [[Maastricht Treaty]]. Having unsuccessfully campaigned in European and Westminster parliamentary elections for UKIP since 1994, he won a seat as MEP for South East England in the 1999 European Parliament Election—the first year the regional list system was used—and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. In September 2006, Farage became the UKIP Leader and led the party through the 2009 European Parliament Election when it received the second -highest share of the popular vote, defeating Labour and the Liberal Democrats with over two million votes. He stepped down in November 2009 to concentrate on contesting the Buckingham seat of the Speaker, John Bercow, at the 2010 general election.At the 2010 General Election, Farage failed to unseat Bercow and received only the third -highest share of the vote in the constituency. Shortly after the polls opened on 6 May 2010, Farage was injured in an aircraft crash in Northamptonshire. The two-seated PZL-104 Wilga 35A had been towing a pro-UKIP banner when it flipped over and crashed shortly after takeoff. Both Farage and the pilot were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.
In November 2010, Farage successfully stood in the 2010 UKIP leadership contest, following the resignation of its leader, Lord Pearson of Rannoch. Farage was also ranked 41st in the'' [[Daily Telegraph]]'''s Top 100 most influential right-wingers poll in October 2009, citing his media savvy and his success with UKIP in the European Elections. Farage was ranked 58th in the 2010 list compiled by Iain Dale and Brian Brivati for the ''Daily Telegraph''. In the same list published in 2012, Farage was ranked 17th.
Farage has been noted for his passionate eurosceptic speeches in the European Parliament. Farage was one of the key figures of the [[Brexit]] campaign.Farage's main opponent in the European Parliament is the socialist elitist liberal [[Guy Verhofstadt]], who is the Brexit negotiator of the European Parliament. After retiring from the leadership of UKIP, Farage became a [[conservative talk radio]] host.<ref>Saunders, Tristram Fane (January 5, 2017). [ Nigel Farage to host new nightly LBC radio show]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved March 27, 2017.</ref> He partnered in an effort to split the far-left U.S. state of [[California]] into two states, with one of which presumably being a conservative, [[red state]].<ref>Donnelly, Tim, CA Assemblyman (March 27, 2017). [ Nigel Farage, ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ Join #CalExit]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 27, 2017.</ref> He noted in 2017 that Conservative Party Prime Minister [[Theresa May]] had adopted the exact same political positions as he had a few years earlier.<ref>Merrick, Rob (May 7, 2017). [ Nigel Farage says Theresa May is winning because she has stolen all his policies]. ''The Independent''. Retrieved May 7, 2017.</ref> Farage announced in August 2018 that he would return to the frontlines of UK politics to fight the [[establishment]]'s plans to neutralize Brexit.<ref>Hale, Virginia (August 18, 2018). [ ‘I’m Back’ – Farage Returns to Frontline to Fight Establishment’s Brexit ‘Sell-Out’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 18, 2018.</ref> In December 2018, Farage left UKIP because of its association with [[Tommy Robinson]], who had once been a member of the [[English Defence League]].<ref>Multiple references:*Lane, Oliver JJ (December 4, 2018). [ Brexit Leader Nigel Farage Quits UKIP, the Party He Led for Nearly a Decade]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved December 4, 2018.*Keller, Megan (December 4, 2018). [ Nigel Farage announces exit from UK Independence Party]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved December 4, 2018.*Dallison, Paul (December 4, 2018). [ Nigel Farage quits UKIP]. ''Politico''. Retrieved December 4, 2018.</ref> In April 2019, he launched the [[Brexit Party]] as part of his campaign to achieve the Brexit that voters voted for in 2016.<ref>Multiple references:*Friedman, Victoria (April 12, 2019). [ Farage Launches Brexit Party to ‘Begin Political Revolution in UK’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 13, 2019.*Murphy, James (April 15, 2019). [ Farage Launches New Brexit Party in Advance of EU Elections]. ''The New American''. Retrieved April 15, 2019.See also:*Murphy, James (May 14, 2019). [ Nigel Farage Reemerges as a Trump-like Force in British Politics]. ''The New American''. Retrieved May 14, 2019.</ref> Under Farage's leadership, the party came in first place in the May 2019 [[European Parliament]] elections.<ref>Multiple references:*Lawless, Jill (May 27, 2019). [ Brexit Party wins, Conservatives bashed in UK’s EU voting]. ''Associated Press''. May 27, 2019.*Castle, Stephen (May 26, 2019). [ Nigel Farage’s Populist Brexit Party Wins Big in European Parliament Elections]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved May 27, 2019.*Kirk, Ashley; Wilson, Josh (May 27, 2019). [ EU election UK results and maps: Brexit Party wins nine of 10 regions, Lib Dems triumph in London]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved May 27, 2019.See also:*Friedman, Victoria (May 27, 2019). [ Farage Declares ‘This Is Just the Beginning’ After Brexit Party Victory in EU Elections]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 27, 2019.*Lane, Oliver JJ (May 27, 2019). [ Farage: Social Media Has Changed Politics… Now We’ve Got to Change the People in Westminster]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 27, 2019.*Lawless, Jill; Katz, Gregory (May 27, 2019). [ Farage claims pro-Brexit momentum after divisive UK vote]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved May 27, 2019.*Stamp, Gavin (May 28, 2019). [ Nigel Farage: How election success brings Brexit crusader's career full circle]. ''BBC News''. Retrieved May 28, 2019.*Crilly, Rob (June 13, 2019). [ Trump ally Farage reemerges as key figure]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 13, 2019.</ref> Farage also created a group with prominent conservative Americans to promote Brexit.<ref>Crilly, Rob (July 26, 2019). [ Nigel Farage launches 'counterblast' to George Soros with US Brexit group]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 26, 2019.</ref>
==External links==
*[ Delingpole: Viva Brexit! Nigel Farage Totally Destroys BBC’s Andrew Marr], by James Delingpole on May 12, 2019.
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