File photo of UKIP leader Nigel Farage with European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.(AFP)
File photo of UKIP leader Nigel Farage with European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.(AFP)

Trump's rise, Brexit vote similar: UKIP leader Farage

The rise of Donald Trump in US politics is not dissimilar to the June 23 vote in Britain to leave the European Union, according to UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage.
By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2016 01:23 AM IST

The rise of Donald Trump in US politics is not dissimilar to the June 23 vote in Britain to leave the European Union, according to UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage.

Given the historical “special relationship” between the US and Britain, the election campaign across the pond is keenly watched here, with the British media providing blanket coverage to the live debates between Republican nominee Trump and his Democratic rival Hilary Clinton and their impact.

Farage, who led the UKIP’s recent rise in British politics that partly contributed to former prime minister David Cameron calling the EU referendum, has stood firmly behind Trump, and dismissed the controversy over the business magnate’s remarks about women as “alpha male boasting”.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph on Monday, Farage, who spoke on Trump’s behalf in Sunday’s post-debate spin room, likened the Republican candidate’s rise to the Brexit vote, and described it as part of a global phenomenon against 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,” wrote Farage, who endorsed Trump at a recent public meeting in the US.

“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.” 

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