By courtesy of Chatham House on flickr.com
By courtesy of Chatham House on flickr.com

Nigel The Fraud

He ranted, he shouted, he claimed to know best, he won and he left. That’s the short story of the man who ended Britain’s prosperous time within the EU. Today Nigel Farage lays down his chairmanship of Euro-critic UKIP. In a press conference he announced that it was his one and only aim to get Britain out of the EU. Now that it was achieved what many couldn’t imagine and the majority of the Brits chose “Leave”, Farage hops on the same train. His motivation seems humble:

“I have never been and I’ve never wanted to be a career politician. I now feel that I’ve done my bit, that I couldn’t possibly achieve more (…) and so I feel it’s right that I should now step aside as leader of UKIP.”

By courtesy of Chatham House on flickr.com
By courtesy of Chatham House on flickr.com

With this move, many experts have seen coming, he tries to position himself as a true idealist, a man who stands for his values, who fought for his beliefs until sweet victory was his and who knows when it’s time to go. Actually, Nigel Farage is not an idealist, he’s a fraud who has fallen ill to the assumption Britain, which to a huge extent relies on its financial economy, would be dramatically damaged by the European Union when the opposite has been proven over and over again. About 19 % of the GDP are coming from exports and 5 out of the 6 biggest consumers of British products are EU member states, hence the UK benefits from the free exchange of goods and services within the internal market of a whole continent. By promoting the decision to cut Britain out of this extremely profitable deal Farage is responsible for the economic shock, the downfall of the Pound and the future downsizing of British economy which will cost thousands of citizens their jobs. The former businessman doesn’t seem to know much about the legendary work of his compatriot Adam Smith.

Just have a look into the dictionary and you can easily find out that an idealist is a person who cherishes or pursues set principles, purposes, goals, etc. But pursuing any principle doesn’t mean ignoring the facts. Nigel Farage did just that. One of his best-known claims is that Britain would regain control over its legislation if leaving the EU. Quite frankly, leaving the EU doesn’t change much about legislation at all. Firstly, 73 Brits represent their country in the European Parliament. Such a powerful delegation is able to influence European politics according to its interests. There is no such thing as imposition from Brussels since all laws are voted on. Secondly, many political portfolios are still widely or exclusively covered by legislation coming from Westminster. Nigel the fraud ignored these crystal clear facts and veiled the truth from the public. He and the “Leave” campaign deluded about 33 million naive Brits into choosing a dark and uncertain future.

On June 9th’s BBC Question Time Farage was unable to hide the true consequences of Brexit when he more or less admitted that one of the key promises of the “Leave” campaign to foster the National Health Service with particularly those 350 million Pounds which Britain weekly contributes to the EU could not be kept.

Now he’s leaving the political stage not because he’s a true idealist, but because he’s exactly what he claims not to be – career-driven. Now that there’s a revolution in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland like the island hadn’t seen since the Thatcher regime in the 1980s, he doesn’t want to be held responsible for dividing the nation. He was probably urged by the outrage spreading through the country after first drawbacks were made by “Leave” campaign representatives.

In the end there is still hope for the UK not to leave the Union. However, we’ll have to await the next Prime Minister’s stand on the issue, his or her decision on whether to follow the referendum or not and of course, the European Union’s next steps. I’d like to endorse Chancellor Merkel’s very wise recommendation for the negotiations:  There’s no need to be nasty.

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Louis Reitmann

Europe lover. Passionate political journalist. Pastries addict.

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