LONDON (Reuters) – Nigel Farage, chief of the Britain’s Brexit celebration, mentioned U.S. President Donald Trump advised him in a gathering on Tuesday that he was involved at how lengthy it was taking Britain to depart the European Union.
Chief of the Brexit Get together Nigel Farage arrives at Winfield Home throughout U.S. President Donald Trump’s state go to in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Trump has mentioned he considers Farage, who was a significant participant within the marketing campaign for Britain to depart the EU through the 2016 referendum, a pal and has known as him a “good particular person”.
Farage mentioned he had loved a “good assembly” with the president and added that Trump was having fun with his state go to to Britain, which started on Monday.
“He completely believes in Brexit, thinks it’s the appropriate factor for the nation to do, and he’s involved that it appears to be taking a really very long time,” Farage mentioned on his LBC radio present.
Farage was one of many first Britons to go to Trump in New York following his 2016 election victory, and the president not too long ago described him as “a pal of mine.”
In an interview on the weekend with the Sunday Instances newspaper, Trump mentioned: “I like Nigel rather a lot. He has rather a lot to supply – he’s a really good particular person.”
Farage was pictured by a Reuters photographer arriving on the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London the place Trump is staying throughout his state go to after the president returned there following a information convention with Prime Minister Theresa Could.
Trump earlier mentioned Could deserved a number of credit score for her work on Brexit.
Could’s Brexit deal has been defeated by British lawmakers 3 times, and Farage, a lawmaker within the European Parliament, has been one in every of her staunchest critics, saying Britain shouldn’t be afraid to depart with out a deal on future relations with the EU.
Could has been compelled to delay Brexit till Oct. 31 after failing to go her deal.
Trump is holding discussions with a number of different British politicians, together with some, like Farage, who’re Could’s critics.
Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers Owen Paterson and Iain Duncan Smith had been additionally seen on the Winfield Home residence on Tuesday, whereas the favourite to succeed Could, Boris Johnson, spoke with him on the telephone for 20 minutes earlier on Tuesday.
However Trump mentioned he had declined a request from British opposition Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn for a gathering.
Reporting by Alistair Smout; further reporting by Henry Nicholls; modifying by Stephen Addison