British politician and former commodity broker
- I think that politics needs a bit of spicing up.
- We seek an amicable divorce from the European Union and its replacement with a genuine free-trade agreement, which is what my parents' generation thought we’d signed up for in the first place.
- UKIP news, issue 56, July 2004.
- You have the charisma of a damp rag, and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk. And the question that I want to ask, […] that we're all going to ask, is "Who are you?" I'd never heard of you. Nobody in Europe had ever heard of you. I would like to ask you, President, who voted for you, and what mechanism … oh, I know democracy's not popular with you lot, and what mechanism do the people of Europe have to remove you? Is this European democracy? Well, I sense, I sense though that you are competent and capable and dangerous, and I have no doubt in your intention, to be the quiet assassin of European democracy, and of the European nation states. You appear to have a loathing for the very concept of the existence of nation states - perhaps that's because you come from Belgium, which of course is pretty much a non-country. But since you took over, we've seen Greece reduced to nothing more than a protectorate. Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all, and I can say with confidence that I speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying: We don't know you, we don't want you, and the sooner you're put out to grass, the better.
- Speech in the European Parliament, 24 February 2010 - Ukip's Nigel Farage tells Van Rompuy: You have the charisma of a damp rag, The Guardian, 24 February 2010.
- I have been called a great many things in my time – that's politics.
- Upon being fined €2,980 for "inappropriate behaviour" towards Herman Van Rompuy, EU President - Nigel Farage fined for verbal attack on EU president, The Guardian, 2 March 2010.
- And I honestly predict that I mean this. That if we go on doing this to Greece. We will drive that country into a violent revolution.
- Segment of a speech, held in a UKIP meeting on 21 February 2012. When Nigel Farage spoke about the austerity measures impleted into Greece - Greece being destroyed by EU fanatical ideology
- And what is the reaction of the British political class? Well the Lib Dems, still think that the Euro is a success! I don't quite think where Cleggy gets this from, I don't know. Perhaps he is considering an alternative career as a stand up comedian, once he's out of politics.
- Another segment of a speech held in a UKIP meeting on 21 February 2012. When Nigel Farage explains on the reactions on Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem politicians on the failing Euro currency - Nigel Farage met Angel Merkel
- When people stand up and talk about the great success that the EU has been, I'm not sure anybody saying it really believes it themselves anymore.
- Speech in the European Parliament, 9 May 2012 - Farage: We face the prospect of mass civil unrest, even revolution
- It is virtually impossible for what you are voting on to remain as it is currently. There could be huge changes to the treaty and there could be huge changes to the euro zone itself.
- Interview in the Irish Times newspaper, 17 May 2012 - Anti-treaty campaign claims single currency may collapse
- The EU is mired in deep structural crisis. Greece, Portugal and Ireland cannot survive inside the Euro.
- Segment from an article in the New York Times newspaper, 18 May 2012 - Can Europe be saved? Should it?
- If Spain goes, Europe on its own will not be big enough to save the banks.
- The situation in Greece just goes from bad to worse. We’ve now got a situation where there was the big suicide a few weeks ago, where a 77-year-old man shot himself in the head outside the Greek Parliament. That was the public face of what’s gone wrong.
- But do you know that every day there are people that are literally leaving their children at the doors of the Greek Orthodox Church, with notes around their necks saying, ‘We cannot afford to feed or look after these children, please take them from us.’ Can you imagine that?
- This is taking place inside Europe. This is taking place inside a once great nation. The nation that invented democracy. We are on the edge of total social breakdown. And frankly, as far as the euro is concerned and the austerity measures are concerned, the medicine is killing the patient.
- I do think that the banking system is now in the most perilous state we’ve seen in over 70 years.
- Segments from an article on the UKIP website, 31 May 2012 - On the edge of social breakdown
- The euro Titanic has now hit the iceberg - and there simply aren't enough lifeboats to go round.
- Segment from a speech held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 13 June 2012 - The Genius of Mutual Indebtedness - Nigel Farage
- Basically, Herman van Rompuy wants the European Union to become a debt union, which may be acceptable to some of the southern countries who are effectively bust. To the northern countries, it is not.
- Segment from an article on the UKIP website, 29 June 2012 - Welcome to the D€bt Union
- If we are just going to have a fudged referendum on 'do we stay in or go further?' then that's not good enough.
- Segment from a BBC News interview, 2 July 2012 - Farage: 'Fudged referendum on EU is no good'
- Once again, I challenge the Prime Minister to have an open debate with me on why he believes we must stay part of this failing, corrupt EU. The future of our nation is at stake. Mr Cameron, you have my phone number.
- Quote by Nigel Farage on an article written by himself in the Telegraph, 6th July 2012 - The time will never be right for David Cameron to hold a referendum on the EU.
- As you are well aware, the last time the people of this country were given a say on membership of the European Union was back in 1975. This must have been a factor in your thinking when, in 2007, you gave a “cast-iron guarantee” to hold a referendum if you became Prime Minister. Since that promise, however, your message on the issue has been confusing and misleading. You say the time is not right but refuse to clarify when the time will be right. You believe that leaving would not be in our best interests and an in/out referendum is flawed because it offers a “single choice”. In last week’s Sun poll, almost 70 per cent of voters said they would like a referendum. In the same poll, a clear majority said they would like to leave the EU and yet your plans would deny them that opportunity. I believe the British people, along with many of your own backbench MPs, want and deserve a straight in/out choice in a referendum. I propose a public debate between us where we can put our respective cases forward. My challenge to you is an open and honest one and I hope you will afford me, and the people of this country, a proper say on the matter.
- Letter from Nigel Farage that was hand delivered to 10 Downing Street by Nigel Farage himself, challenging the Prime Minister to an open debate on the EU, 16 July 2012 - Nigel delivers challenge to Downing Street.
- We know the costs of Europe. What are the benefits?
- Quote by Nigel Farage on an article in The Sun, 1 August 2012 - Record bill for EU is £19bn
- Rather than bring peace and harmony, the EU will cause insurgency and violence.
- Quote by Nigel Farage on an article in the Zimbabwe Independent, regarding the EU winning the Nobel Peace Prize, 19 October 2012 - Nobel Peace Prize really deserves a new name.
- I'm not for sale, neither is UKIP.
- Quote by Nigel Farage on rumours that the Conservative party should have a pact with UKIP, 27 November 2012 - Nigel Farage: 'I'm not for sale, neither is UKIP'
- The opening of the doors to 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians is going to become a huge issue.
- Stating the populations of the two East European countries - Britain to be 'swamped' by millions of immigrants, Daily Star, 24 December 2012.
- I have to say that everybody from David Cameron to half this panel say, "Wouldn't it be terrible if we were like Norway and Switzerland?" Really? They're rich. They're happy. They're self governing.
- Speaking on BBC Question Time in Lincoln, 17 January 2013.
- We wouldn't want to be like the Swiss, would we? That would be awful! We'd be rich!
- Quote by Nigel Farage on David Cameron's speech on Britain's relationship with the European Union, 23 January 2013 - Ukip's Nigel Farage ridicules David Cameron's EU referendum speech.
- I am delighted at Des's support in these elections. And thank him for his rewrite of the lyrics of Send in the Clowns which we are planning to sing at our South East conference.
- In response to Des Lynam's recent support and vote on UKIP, during the May 2013 local elections - Des Lynam reveals he voted UKIP, 10 May 2013.
- If this is the face of Scottish nationalism, it's a pretty ugly nation.
- Hitting back at pro-Scottish independence protesters, after an incident at an Edinburgh pub - Nigel Farage blasts 'fascist' nationalists after Edinburgh confrontation, 17 May 2013.
- Absolutely none. But rather more than the BBC do. We could have had this interview in England a couple of years ago, although I wouldn’t have met with such hatred that I’m getting from your questions, and frankly I’ve had enough of this interview. Goodbye.
- During a phone call on BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio show (regarding the incident in Edinburgh), in which an angry Nigel Farage hung up after stating that the interview was unpleasant and offensive, 17 May 2013 - 'Scottish nationalists are fascist scum': Farage rages against pub protesters before hanging up on BBC for 'hate' filled interview.
- In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.
- It's the last thing I want to see. It's not a game of the best of three.
- Interviewed by the Mirror after the EU referendum result, commenting on the petition to the UK Parliament for a second referendum (25 June 2016)
- We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit, and today honesty, decency and belief in nation, I think now is going to win. And we will have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired. We'd have done it by damned hard work on the ground.
- Celebrating the Brexit referendum.
- Well, it's very successful politics, isn't it? You know, we are the turkeys that have voted for Christmas.
- Interviewed on the Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 1 March 2017
- If Brexit is a disaster, I will go and live abroad, I'll go and live somewhere else.
- Responding to a caller's question on his talk radio show, LBC, 27 March 2017
Quotes about FarageEdit
- Nigel Farage is still trying to whip up fear and hatred towards refugees who are fleeing from conflict. It was extremely ill-judged of him to describe himself as a victim.
- Yvette Cooper, response on Farage's denial for being responsible for whipping up hate against immigrants - Nigel Farage says he is a victim of poltical hatred in response to Jo Cox question (19 June 2016)
- Nigel Farage is an arse, his party is mainly made up of bigots and its policies are racist.
- Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba, in response to Farage's use of Chumbawamba's song "Tubthumping" as his entrance music at a 2011 conference. - Chumbawamba go Tubthumping crazy over Ukip's use of No1 hit (9 September 2011)
- Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
- Donald Trump expressing his admiration for Farage. - Nigel Farage would be great UK ambassador to US, says Donald Trump (22 November 2016)