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One man, one country, one exit: Nigel Farage and Brexit

Written By | Jul 9, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, July  9, 2016 — On July 4, 2016, Nigel Farage, the man most responsible for leading the United Kingdom out of the European Union, announced that he was retiring from politics. He is resigning as the leader of the party he started in 1992, the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP.

Without Farage, who was unknown outside the UK until about five years ago, there would have been no exit referendum; there would have been no Brexit.

Brexit has made it clear to the elitist bureaucrats in the European Parliament that the EU cannot exist in its current form without the UK.

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With the destruction of the EU will come the return of national sovereignty, democracy and liberty to the 510 million people who live in the 27 EU member states.

Without Nigel Farage, none of it would have been possible.

The threat to national sovereignty posed by the EU prior to this vote cannot be overstated; had the UK not have voted to leave, its democracy would have been gone in a generation. Plans have been in place for a European superstate for over 70 years, and the current batch of bureaucrats had those plans in hyperdrive.

In the aftermath of World War 2, when most of Europe was in ruins, the leaders of Germany and France proposed an idea that they thought would protect Europe from another continental war. Because Hitler and Mussolini had been democratically elected, lasting peace between European required the destruction of national sovereignty and nation democracy.

Then French Prime Minister and intellectual architect of the EU, Jean Monnet, outlined the real plans for the EU in this short statement:

“Europe’s nations should be guided towards the Super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.”

Europe’s elitist leaders are still doing what is necessary to fulfill Monnet’s vision. Five days after the UK voted to leave, the Daily Express ran the headline, “European Superstate to be unveiled: EU nations ‘to be morphed into one’ post Brexit”.

“The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an ‘ultimatum‘”.

The article continued:

“Under the radical proposals, EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.”

Prior to Brexit, the EU had done exactly what Monnet outlined, and had done it successfully. In gradual fashion, the EU had almost made any local governments completely obsolete:

  • 70 percent of member states’ laws were made by the EU parliament, and could not be abrogated locally;
  • any decision by individual countries’ Supreme Courts was subject to being overruled by the European Court of Justice or by the European Court of Human Rights; and,
  • all national immigration controls were effectively destroyed by the “free movement of peoples,” meant that anyone who possessed an EU passport could move to, and immediately claim welfare benefits in, any other EU country.

The reason for the hasty unveiling of the plans for a “superstate” after Brexit is that the bureaucrats see the writing on the wall. They will do what they can to hold onto their dying utopian dream, even though they all know that it is on life support.

What must gall them the most is that Farage, a man they ridiculed and dismissed for over 17 years is the reason for the death of their utopian fantasy. How did he lead a nation to defy the entrenched establishment parties not only in the UK, but also in the rest of Europe?

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The plans for the European superstate went smoothly until February 7, 1992 when the Maastricht Treaty was signed by the leaders of the twelve member states at the time, reflecting their serious intentions to create an economic and monetary union.

On that day, Farage co-founded UKIP and left his lucrative job as a commodities trader in London for the task of saving his country from the death by a thousand cuts that was being imposed upon the UK.

In 1999 Farage was first elected to the EU parliament where he was one of only three deputies to advocate against closer integration between European nations. He was widely ridiculed for it, not only in Brussels, but also back home in the UK.

He would spend the next 17 years giving biting, direct and riveting speeches in the EU advocating for British independence. His rhetoric was biting; he told the unelected President of the European council in 2009 that he “has the charsima of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade bank clerk.”

On November 24, 2010 he addressed the European Parliament:

“You are very very dangerous people, indeed. Your obsession with creating this Euro state means that you’re happy to destroy democracy. You appear to be happy for millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor. Untold millions must suffer so that your Euro dream can continue … But it is even more serious than economics. Because if you rob people of their identity. If you rob them of their democracy, then all they are left with is nationalism and violence. I can only hope and pray that the Euro project is destroyed by the markets before that really happens.”

The turning point for Farage and UKIP came in 2014, when UKIP shocked the country by winning the European elections on an anti-EU platform. WIth the UK’s general elections coming the following year, all three major party leaders worried about the rise of anti-EU sentiment. The pro-EU leader of the Tories, David Cameron, made a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU a major plank in his re-election platform.

Cameron was re-elected as prime minister, but the decision to offer that referendum would end his political career. He stepped down after the UK voted to leave.

Cameron has said that without political pressure from UKIP, there would have been no referendum, and the UK never would have had the chance to vote to leave the EU.

Farage had to take a short victory lap. On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, he stood before the European Parliament, and facing of an even louder chorus of jeers than he is accustomed to, gave the speech he has waited his entire adult life to give:

“Isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me—well I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”

With the Brexit vote, Farage quieted all of his critics and all of the laughter and ridicule of the preceding 24 years, all in one stroke. At the same time, he had returned to the people of Europe their democracy and national sovereignty, without firing a shot.

Farage deserves a break from politics, but it’s unlikely that we have heard the last from the man that brought down the mighty European Union.

James Richard

James Edwards is a tireless advocate for federalism and minimizing the impact the federal government has on all of our lives.