Proclaiming his support for new British PM Theresa May, former UKIP head Nigel Farage explained “she has said ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and I believe her,” before announcing plans for his European Referendum Tour during a much at the Republican national convention yesterday. Farage told Politico that he would start a tour of European cities in September to help spread the appetite for referendums on EU membership beyond the UK.
“One of the joys of not continuing as party leader is having more time, so I will be traveling around Europe helping other independence movements, but I won’t be telling them how to vote,” Farage said.
“We should be celebrating a diverse Europe of independent nation states, and if I can do anything to help that, then I will,” he added. “I’m going to go to Athens in September and have a big symposium about alternatives to the euro.”
Introduced to the crowd by Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson as “probably the most articulate person practising politics on any continent,” Farage thanked the internet rather than his rhetoric for the Brexit success.
“The growth of the internet has radically transformed politics. UKIP could never have really gotten off the ground if it wasn’t for the internet and YouTube.”
Farage threw his support behind new Prime Minister Theresa May’s overhaul of the U.K. government, but his support came with a sting in the tail.
“She has said ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and I believe her,” Farage said, adding that Boris Johnson’s appointment has “got to be a good thing.”
Talk of the next country to follow the U.K. toward the EU exit has focused on Denmark and the Netherlands, but, as Politico noted, Farage said he thinks Ireland could provide competition in a race to the EU’s exit door.
“I think there’s a well of Euroskeptic thinking in Ireland that is quite deep,” he said, citing the two referendums in which Ireland has rejected European treaty change. “I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised” if Ireland had its own referendum on leaving the EU, he said.
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