Except for Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party, no one from Britain’s political establishment appeared to celebrate Donald Trump's win, which poses a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May as she has criticised him for comments on Muslims and London.
Farage, a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union, saw Trump’s win as “bigger than Brexit” and claimed it represented a “massive result” for Britain, which has a “special relationship” with the US.
As home secretary, May was severely critical of Trump for his views on banning Muslims and alleging there were parts of London that were “no-go” areas for the police. There were also demands in Parliament that he be banned from entering Britain.
On Wednesday, May congratulated Trump: “Britain and the US have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise. We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.
“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
A large number of MPs tweeted their disappointment over Trump’s win throughout the night. Labour MP Mike Gapes said: “Comparisons with Brexit are fallacious. This is much worse.”
Trump, who has major investments in Scotland, was in favour of Brexit.
Farage, who campaigned for Trump in recent rallies, said he would travel to the US soon: "This is a massive result as far as Britain is concerned (as we) have a friend in the White House, (he) admires our culture, feels his mother’s Scottish roots very deeply and wants to put us at the front of the queue for trade deals."
He added, “It seems to me the only people in Britain who know him are (TV presenter) Piers Morgan and myself. I think we are seeing a sea-change in politics and not before time in my view. I was in London tonight but I shall be in America later in the week."
Writing in The Telegraph recently, Farage likened Trump’s rise to the Brexit vote, and described it as part of a global phenomenon against the elites.
“I do not see the Brexit result in isolation. Instead, I believe we are witnessing a popular uprising against failed politics on a global scale. People want to vote for candidates with personality, faults and all. It is the same in the UK, America and much of the rest of Europe. The little people have had enough. They want change,” he wrote.
“Our new hyper-regulated world makes it tough for the little people to compete with the business giants. These people want deregulation, and Trump is promising them that. Many feel they have nothing to lose in voting for him.”