Nearly six months after Brexit, there are three big political events currently in focus that could have a global impact: Austria’s upcoming presidential election, Italy’s upcoming vote on constitutional reform and French President Francois Hollande’s recent announcement that he will not seek re-election. As concerns mount that the European Union is headed for collapse, former U.K. Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage weighed in on whether a change of course was possible toward a more unified Europe.
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“They can’t, the European Union is dying before your very eyes. Look, the most significant event that’s taken place in the 60 odd years this union’s been around is the Brexit vote that took place in June of this year,” Farage told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
According to Farage, European Union leadership did not learn from the Brexit decision and is continuing down a path of centralizing power.
“Now the lesson they could have learned from that was that actually, nation states want to have a bit more of a say over their own lives. So they could have concluded, let’s hand back powers. Nope, they’re doing the opposite. They want to pull more and more powers to the center. I think the Eurozone is what’s really going to play out in this referendum on Sunday in Italy.”
In a list of the top five baby boy names in Britain this year, Muhammed, the central figure of the Islamic religion, was second. When asked if this was a factor behind the British decision to leave Europe, Farage responded, “I think the Brexit vote wasn’t about Islam in particular. What it was about was open doors, numbers, pressure on wages. I think the debate about Islam is the one that will rage in France in their presidential election next year.”