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Farage: “Van Rompuy ought to pay me for it"

The flamboyant British politician Nigel Farage was a guest speaker for the conservative student association KVHV at Ghent University on Friday. By the time the UK leaves the EU at the end of March next year Mr Farage will have been an MEP for almost 20 years. The UKIP politician and radio presenter has spent much of the past 30 years campaign for the UK to leave to European Union, a goal that came a step closer when the majority of British voters voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.    

Looking back at one of his best-known swipes at EU leaders in the European Parliament, Mr Farage spoke of when in 2010 he said that the then President of the European Council, the Fleming Herman Van Rompuy, has “the charisma of a damp rag”. The UKIP MEP added that he had no regrets and that thanks to his speech many more people know who Mr Van Rompuy is “He ought to pay me for it”, Mr Farage joked.

A few hundred students and others attended the speech given by the man some call the architect of the Brexit. He spoke of his aversion for the European Union that he described as undemocratic and even authoritarian. Mr Farage called for a return to sovereign nation states, limited migration and capitalism.  

Deal or no deal?

The Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU are not running as smoothly as they might and a no deal scenario looms if the British Prime Minister Theresa May is unable to reach an agreement with the EU soon.

"I can’t say how long it will take, but the Brexit will come as it is what the people of the United Kingdom want”.

Mr Farage went on to describe the way in which Mr May was treated by other EU leaders at the Salzburg summit as “disgusting” and “significant”. The Euro-sceptic MEP believes that Brexit with unleash a domino effect with more countries opting to leave the EU in its wake.

He added that he intends to carry on his crusade against the European Union even after the UK has left.

"I will carry on until I can bring this illegitimate form of government from Brussels (The EU) to an end.

Speaking on the possibility of European or military union, Mr Farage said that this was unnecessary as we already have NATO. “Who do you trust more? The Americans and the British or Juncker and his friends?”