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Trump says Johnson’s Brexit could rule out US trade deal

Posted by hkarner - 2. November 2019

Date: 01-11-2019
Source: The Guardian

US president uses LBC Radio interview with Nigel Farage to promote co-operation between Brexit party and Tories

Donald Trump has intervened in the UK’s nascent election campaign, calling on Boris Johnson to team up with Nigel Farage to form an “unstoppable force” and claiming Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad for your country”.

Speaking to Farage on LBC Radio, the US president also said Johnson’s Brexit deal could prevent the UK from agreeing a trade deal with the US.

Trump said the US “can’t make a trade deal with the UK” under “certain aspects of the deal”, despite Johnson’s claims it would allow the UK to have an independent trade policy.

One of Labour’s main attacks against Johnson has been that the prime minister would be too close to Trump and allow a sell-off of public services to US companies as the price of a trade deal, with the NHS potentially on the line. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Greta Thunberg became the new front in the Brexit culture war

Posted by hkarner - 18. August 2019

Date: 17-08-2019
Source: Guardian

Nigel Farage and his hangers-on need a new rallying cause, so they’ve turned on this 16-year-old with frightening vitriol

Greta Thunberg. ‘What’s funny about the idea of a teenage girl sinking to the bottom of the sea?’

She looks both younger than her age and old enough to have the cares of the world on her shoulders. Face scrubbed clean, dressed in a severe black jacket, Greta Thunberg stares unsmiling from the cover of this month’s GQ magazine. It’s an arresting, even unsettling, image: her outstretched finger points accusingly at the reader, in the manner of a wartime recruitment poster. Your planet needs you, millennials.

Back in the 1990s, posing for men’s magazines in your knickers was a rite of passage for young actors and pop stars not so much older than Greta, but that feels a very long time ago now. Here is a cover girl designed not to titillate male readers but to nudge their consciences, and very successfully, too. Successfully enough to make her some powerful enemies.

The perennial rightwing agent provocateur Arron Banks this week tweeted, “Freak yachting accidents do happen in August”, over a picture of Greta sailing across the Atlantic in order to avoid the carbon emissions of flying. A joke, he insisted, but what’s funny about the idea of a teenage girl sinking to the bottom of the sea?

Something about female eco-warriors seems to bring out the worst in a certain kind of man, whether it’s Nigel Farage accusing Meghan Markle of destroying Prince Harry’s popularity with her woke enthusiasms, or the Australian shock jock Alan Jones suggesting this week that the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinta Ardern, should have a “sock shoved down her throat” for daring to argue that Australia go further in reducing emissions. Choke her, drown her, whatever; just shut her up. Who do they think they are, these women telling us how to live? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Britain Could Change Its Mind About Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 16. Januar 2018

Anatole Kaletsky is Chief Economist and Co-Chairman of Gavekal Dragonomics. A former columnist at the Times of London, the International New York Times and the Financial Times, he is the author of Capitalism 4.0, The Birth of a New Economy, which anticipated many of the post-crisis transformations of the global economy. His 1985 book, Costs of Default, became an influential primer for Latin American and Asian governments negotiating debt defaults and restructurings with banks and the IMF.

Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, now says that the June 2016 Brexit referendum could be overturned. He’s right, and the first requirement is to dispel the aura of inevitability surrounding Britain’s withdrawal from Europe.

LONDON – Will 2018 be the year when the United Kingdom changes its mind about leaving the European Union? Conventional wisdom says that stopping Brexit is impossible. But what did conventional wisdom say about Donald Trump? Or Emmanuel Macron? Or, for that matter, the original Brexit referendum? In revolutionary times, events can go from impossible to inevitable without ever passing through improbable. Brexit was such an event, and its reversal could be another.

Just ask Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, who has suddenly said that the June 2016 Brexit referendum could be overturned. “The Remain side are making all the running,” Farage warned his fellow hardline Leavers this weekend. “They have a majority in parliament, and unless we get ourselves organized we could lose the historic victory that was Brexit.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Our historic Brexit vote could be reversed, admits Nigel Farage

Posted by hkarner - 14. Januar 2018

Date: 14-01-2018
Source: The Guardian

Remainers ‘are making all the running’ and could swing a vote in parliament, former Ukip leader warns

 Nigel Farage today makes a dramatic admission that the vote for Brexit could be overturned because Remainers have seized control of the argument over Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

The former Ukip leader told the Observer that he was becoming increasingly worried that the Leave camp had stopped fighting their corner, leaving a well-funded and organised Remain operation free to influence the political and public debate without challenge.

“The Remain side are making all the running,” said Farage. “They have a majority in parliament, and unless we get ourselves organised we could lose the historic victory that was Brexit.”

On Thursday Farage angered many Brexiters, and many in Ukip, when he said he was coming round to the view that the country might need to hold a second referendum in order to close down the EU argument for good.

He said then that he believed such a vote would see the Brexit side win with a bigger majority than the one it achieved on 23 June 2016, when it triumphed by 52% to 48%. But, speaking on Friday, Farage appeared to change his tune, making clear that he was seriously worried that Brexit could be undone and reversed. The case for a complete break from the EU was no longer being made, even by pro-Brexit MPs in parliament, he said. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Totally incredible: 2 Nutcases discuss the world situation

Posted by hkarner - 1. April 2017

Date: 31-03-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Nigel Farage, U.K. Outsider, Finds a Home in Donald Trump’s Orbit

Brexit advocate sees a kindred spirit in the White House, where his advice is welcome

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, ex-leader of Britain’s UKIP political party.

LONDON—British politician Nigel Farage huddled with top aides to President Donald Trump at the White House for nearly three hours on a recent Saturday afternoon, discussing, among other things, what he sees as the deep flaws of the European Union. Then Mr. Farage bumped into Mr. Trump, who invited him to the steakhouse in the Trump International Hotel.

“Dinner with The Donald,” Mr. Farage wrote in a Twitter post with a picture of himself grinning widely next to Mr. Trump, the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. Also at the table was Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

A commodities trader turned antiestablishment activist, Mr. Farage campaigned for the U.K. to pull out of the bloc in last year’s referendum fight and then for Mr. Trump’s election. He has since become a regular presence in the president’s orbit, offering counsel and comparing notes, people familiar with the situation say. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The End of the Anglo-American Order

Posted by hkarner - 5. Dezember 2016

Date: 04-12-2016
Source: The New York Times

For decades, the United States and Britain’s vision of democracy and freedom defined the postwar world. What will happen in an age of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage?


One of the strangest episodes in Donald Trump’s very weird campaign was the appearance of an Englishman looking rather pleased with himself at a rally on Aug. 24 in Jackson, Miss. The Englishman was Nigel Farage, introduced by Trump as “the Man Behind Brexit.” Most people in the crowd probably didn’t have a clue who Farage — the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party — actually was. Yet there he stood, grinning and hollering about “our independence day” and the “real people,” the “decent people,” the “ordinary people” who took on the banks, the liberal media and the political establishment. Trump pulled his face into a crocodile smile, clapped his hands and promised, “Brexit plus plus plus!”

Brexit itself — the decision to withdraw Britain from the European Union, notwithstanding the almost universal opposition from British banking, business, political and intellectual elites — was not the main point here. In his rasping delivery, Trump roared about Farage’s great victory, “despite horrible name-calling, despite all obstacles.” Quite what name-calling he had in mind was fuzzy, but the message was clear. His own victory would be like that of the Brexiteers, only more so. He even called himself Mr. Brexit. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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But there’s no one left who actually likes the UK

Posted by hkarner - 15. September 2016

Date: 15-09-2016
Source: BBC
Subject: Nigel Farage: EU Parliament ‚declaring war‘ on Brexit talks

Farage ccMr Farage is remaining as an MEP despite standing down as UKIP leader

Nigel Farage has accused the European Parliament of „a declaration of war“ on the UK’s Brexit talks after naming Guy Verhofstadt as its chief negotiator.

The outgoing UKIP leader told MEPs the ex-Belgian prime minister was the „high priest“ of federalism and should be replaced by someone „who likes the UK“.

Mr Verhofstadt is one of three officials chosen by EU institutions.

He told MEPs earlier he didn’t want to „punish“ the UK but to build „sound relations“ after the UK’s departure.

Although the Belgian politician, who leads the Alliance of Liberal and Democrats grouping in the European Parliament, will not actually lead the EU’s talks with the UK, the European Parliament has said he will have a „central role“ in discussions expected to last at least two years.

The European Parliament’s approval is required before any settlement is agreed with the UK. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe in Upheaval

Posted by hkarner - 29. Januar 2014

Grant Williams, 28/1

… The important names to know are Alex Tsipras, Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage, and Beppe Grillo.Tsipras is the leader of the hard-left Syriza party in Greece; Le Pen heads France’s right-wing Front National; Grillo commands the Italian leftist Five Star movement; and the charismatic Farage rules over the slightly more moderate but definitely right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Over the last several years, as Europe has teetered on the brink of implosion, the old guard of Barroso, Van Rompuy et al. have applied numerous band-aids to their beloved European project with scant regard for the welfare of the citizens of Europe and an almost pathological refusal to countenance even the simple fact that the EU, in its current form at least, is not fit for purpose.

Tsipras, Le Pen & Co. aim to change all that.

(Greekreporter.com): A series of scandals, unresolved talks with the country’s international lenders, and the escape of a terrorist seem to be taking their toll on Prime Minister Antonis Samaras‘ coalition government and his New Democracy Conservatives, who have fallen 7.7 percent points behind their rival, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in the critical Attica region including Athens. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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