While last week’s report that Nigel Farage is considering moving to the US may have been a prank, overnight the UKIP leader shared some more somber news with The Daily Express, whom he told that he fears for his life and cannot go out in London without his security detail.
“I’ve got no life — I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere,” he said in an interview with British tabloid The Daily Express. Farage, who retired after the successful Brexit vote in June, an effort he spearheaded, said he has had death threats and last week was confronted with a glass on Thursday night.
“The thought of doing a Friday night pub crawl around Westminster — I just can’t do it any more,” he said.
Farage announced his retirement the day after Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23 amid claims he quit over fears he would be assassinated. It emerged would-be attackers had been caught trying to smuggle knives into his campaign rallies on at last two occasions.
In what the Daily Express calls “his most explosive interview to date”, the controversial MEP also said
he was “on the fence” over whether far-Right Eurosceptic Le Pen’s
election was a price worth paying to bring down the EU, saying: “If she
wins, it’s over.”
At a party to celebrate Brexit at the Ritz on Wednesday night, the former city banker warned that 2017 could be even more politically explosive than 2016. Asked what he meant, he said of the French elections: “If Le Pen wins, it is the end of the EU.” He added: “I know her. She’s very determined, brilliant on TV. I mean absolutely brilliant.
“When you watch her making her argument and you can see her getting into it she is really good at it. There’s lots of baggage and that’s the problem.”
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