Nigel Farage will be attending the Republican National Convention, where he will tell delegates that Brexit holds lessons for America.
UKIP European Member of Parliament (MEP) and former party leader Nigel Farage will be heading to Cleveland, Ohio, next week to attend the Republican National Committee Convention. USA Today reported that Mr. Farage said the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) holds lessons for America.
“Having criticised President Obama for getting involved in British politics, I am not about to endorse anybody…But I do know a lot of people in the Republican Party, and I’ll be interested to hear what Donald Trump has to say in his big speech,” said Mr. Farage who will be attending as an observer.
Mr. Farage denied that there had been a direct invitation to attend from Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
Discussing the barrier that membership to the EU creates for the ‘special relationship’, Mr. Farage stated: “Staying inside the EU would be profoundly damaging for the U.S.-UK relationship because as the EU develops more and more foreign policy, it reduces the UK’s ability to independently make decisions and continue to be America’s closest ally through NATO and everything else.”
The UKIP MEP expressed disappointment that Theresa May, who supported the campaign to Remain in the EU, had been appointed Prime Minister. When asked who he thought Mrs. May should select to head up Brexit negotiations with the EU, he said:
“This needs to be led by some serious business figures…The renegotiation won’t happen here in Brussels. It will happen in car manufacturing plants in Germany, during grape-picking season in Bordeaux. That’s where the pressure on national governments to get on and do a sensible trade deal will come from.”
Prior to Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Mr. Trump said that the country would not be at the “back of the queue” should she vote to leave. This contradicts U.S. President Barack Obama who told the British electorate that should they vote to leave the political-economic bloc that the U.S. would not be prioritising a bilateral trade deal with the UK.
Mr. Trump’s reaction to the Brexit vote was enthusiastic, and he praised the British who “took their country back”.