Farage Travels to California to Continue Putin’s Work

After playing a key role in persuading Britons to vote to leave the European Union, Nigel Farage is moving to California to help Russia in another way: by breaking up America’s largest state.

Farage recently raised $1 million in California for an effort to split the state in two together with Arron Banks, the businessman who funded both Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party and one of two anti-EU campaigns in last year’s Brexit referendum.

Banks told reporters he and Farage wanted to show Californians “how to light a fire and win” a referendum:

It would be portrayed as the Hollywood elites versus the people, breaking up the bad government.

Leavers deployed a similar strategy in the British referendum, portraying the EU as an elite project detached from ordinary people. Read more “Farage Travels to California to Continue Putin’s Work”

Farage Does Britain No Favors by Gloating

Nigel Farage did Britain no favors with his self-congratulatory speech in the European Parliament today.

“You’re not laughing now, are you?” the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party gloated after his country had voted to leave the European Union last week.

“The reason you’re so upset,” Farage told the hundreds of deputies in Brussels, “has been perfectly clear from all the angry exchanges this morning: you, as a political project, are in denial.”

The euro is failing, he said, immigration is failing and the people now recognize that a political union has been imposed on them “by stealth”.

Farage went on to insult the chamber, saying, “I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job.” Read more “Farage Does Britain No Favors by Gloating”

Euroskeptic Fanatics Are Never Going to Give Up

Even if Britons vote to stay in the European Union next month, it looks like the outers will not give up.

Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, has told the Daily Mirror he would push for a second referendum if the first one produces only a narrow majority in favor of staying in.

“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way,” Farage said. Only if the remain side wins by two-thirds “that ends it.” Read more “Euroskeptic Fanatics Are Never Going to Give Up”

Euroskeptics Sympathetic as Greeks Vote Down Austerity

Euroskeptics were sympathetic in their response to the Greek “no” vote on Sunday, seeing it as a vindication of their long-held doubts about the euro.

Syed Kamall, the British Conservative who leads the European Parliament’s third largest bloc, the European Conservatives and Reformists, said the Greek bailout referendum “will shake the notion of some European leaders who believe that the peoples of European nations will always blindly vote for further integration and will always take rather than leave the offer on the table.”

He called on European leaders not to “punish” the Greeks for their “democratic choice.” Read more “Euroskeptics Sympathetic as Greeks Vote Down Austerity”

British Euroskeptic Leader Under Pressure to Go

Since his party won only one seat in Britain’s general election earlier this month, Nigel Farage has come under criticism from those in the United Kingdom Independence Party who believe it’s time for him to step down after eight years as leader.

Farage had promised to resign if he failed to win a seat for himself in South Thanet but was reinstated three days later by a party that probably recognized it would do worse without him. Read more “British Euroskeptic Leader Under Pressure to Go”

Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Far from United

United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage’s group in the European Parliament seems less a genuine Euroskeptic alliance than a convenient political vehicle for its members.

Politico reports that the two biggest parties in the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy bloc — Farage’s and Italy’s Five Star Movement — only vote the same way about 25 percent of the time.

The latest split was on display last Wednesday during plenary in Strasbourg when the EFDD fractured once again along national delegation lines over a proposal to limit the use of plastic bags. UKIP voted against and the Italians in favor.

What really unites the two parties — which have 39 out of the bloc’s 46 seats — is “a struggle to maintain enough nationalities and numbers to preserve group status and ensure continued funding from the EU,” the political news website argues. Read more “Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Far from United”

SNP Could Pull Labour to the Left, UKIP Conservatives to the Right

Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond and the United Kingdom Independence Party’s Nigel Farage suggested on Sunday they could pull a next coalition government in a respectively more left- or right-wing direction.

In separate interviews with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, the junior party leaders, who are both expected to do well in May’s general election, staked out positions to the fringes of the two major parties.

Salmond predicted his Scottish National Party would “hold the power” in another hung parliament and use that position to advance “progressive politics” across the United Kingdom.

Polling by the Conservative peer Michael Ashcroft last month showed the Scottish nationalists, who already commands a majority in the regional legislature, winning fifteen out of sixteen closely-contested seats currently held by Labour. Read more “SNP Could Pull Labour to the Left, UKIP Conservatives to the Right”

Farage Could “Potentially” Do Deal with Britain’s Conservatives

British Euroskeptic party leader Nigel Farage said on Sunday he could “potentially” do a deal with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives if they fall short of a majority in May’s general election.

That marks a subtle shift from two years ago when Farage ruled out any cooperation with the ruling party as long as Cameron stayed in power. “Mr Cameron, whenever he’s asked about UKIP, just throws abuse at us and calls us nutters and closet racists so I don’t think there’s any prospect of us doing a deal with the Conservative Party with Mr Cameron in charge,” he said at the time.

Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party is polling at around 15 percent support but may only win a few seats under Britain’s first-past-the-post voting system. Read more “Farage Could “Potentially” Do Deal with Britain’s Conservatives”

Farage Revives Euroskeptic Group, Admits Polish Rightwinger

Less than a week after he was forced to dissolve his group in the European Parliament, the United Kingdom Independence Party’s Nigel Farage allied with a radical Polish libertarian on Monday to reclaim his position as Euroskeptic leader.

Farage’s block, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, collapsed last week when Iveta Grigule from the Latvian Farmers’ Union resigned from the alliance.

Without members from at least seven European Union member states, the group no longer qualified for committee assignments, speaking time and subsidies. Open Europe, a British think tank, estimated that Farage could otherwise have collected €3.8 million in subsidies per year. Read more “Farage Revives Euroskeptic Group, Admits Polish Rightwinger”

Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Collapses, Opportunity for Le Pen, Wilders?

British Euroskeptic party leader Nigel Farage’s group in the European Parliament collapsed on Thursday when Latvian Farmers’ Union member Iveta Grigule resigned from the alliance.

The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, which is dominated by Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party and the Italian anti-establishment Five Star Movement, accused European Parliament president Martin Schulz, a German Social Democrat, of engineering Grigule’s resignation. Schulz’ office denied such wrongdoing.

The group’s survival had looked precarious after May’s European Parliament elections when the Danish People’s Party and the Fins Party joined the rival European Conservatives and Reformists, a mildly Euroskeptic bloc that is led by Britain’s ruling Conservative Party and Poland’s Law and Justice. Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland also joined that group, making it the third largest in parliament.

Farage also lost the support of Italy’s separatist Lega Nord which grouped with the Netherlands’ Freedom Party and France’s Front national instead. Read more “Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Collapses, Opportunity for Le Pen, Wilders?”