Nigel Farage: Like Britain, Washington Has Lost Touch with America

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Farage: I haven't disappeared, I'm more free to commentate

Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader, discusses why he left his role after the Brexit 'leave' vote won, and his views on the new British Prime Minister Theresa May

On Wednesday, recently elected U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her first remarks as the new leader saying her mission is to make Britain “a country that works for everyone.”

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May, who was against the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, has stated that she will honor the people’s choice.

Nigel Farage, former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), voiced his own concerns with May, including his fear that she is anti-business, during an interview on the FOX Business Network.

“This referendum was the biggest constitutional decision this country has taken probably since the English Civil War 350 years ago—on this division she was on the wrong side,” Farage said. “She supported the status quo where our laws and our courts were in Brussels and Luxembourg. So I’m not very happy that she’s Prime Minister.”

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Despite being a leading figure in the push for Britain to leave the U.K., Farage opted not to run for prime minister and stepped down from his leadership of the UKIP on July 4.

“I spent 25 years campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union. I was a businessman that came into politics motivated by getting back control of the democracy of our nation. And so we’ve achieved it. We’ve won our referendum,” he explained.

Farage also commented on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to accept migrants from Syria.

“Angela Merkel last summer made, I think, the worst policy mistake by any European leader since 1945 by saying anyone that wants to come across the Mediterranean in a boat—whoever they are, wherever they’re from—is welcome into the EU,” he said, while issuing a warning that the EU is “dying.”

The former UKIP leader, who will attend the U.S. Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, said there is a commonality between politics in Westminster and Washington, D.C.

“We lost touch here with real England and real Britain, and I suspect that much of Washington has lost touch with real America,” Farage stated.

As for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Farage said:

“He clearly lacks experience in politics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t do the job properly. But I do think his choice of VP and the team that he puts before the American people is absolutely crucial. He does need people with experience of how the game works.”

He added:

“People are sick of the spin and the cynicism of career politicians; they want people who tell it how it is.”

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