Farage wants to be ‘bridge’ between UK and Trump

Nigel Farage at Trump Tower (15/12/16)Image copyright
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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he wants to be a “bridge” between the UK and Donald Trump’s incoming US administration.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme, Mr Farage claimed cabinet ministers had been banned from talking to him.

He has held three meetings with the US president-elect, who has said Mr Farage would make a good UK ambassador.

Number 10 has rejected that suggestion, saying “there is no vacancy”.

Mr Farage told the programme he did not expect to get a role in the new administration because of his British passport.

But he said the unwillingness of the UK government to use him as an intermediary with Mr Trump showed how “petty, small-minded and tribal” British politics was.

Mr Farage told the BBC what he called Britain’s “political revolution” was incomplete – and there would be a similar upheaval to Mr Trump’s takeover of the Republican party.

He was the first British politician to meet Mr Trump after his US presidential election victory in November.

Death threats

In his BBC interview, Mr Farage said he was “hacked off” by the term populist to describe anyone opposed to what he called the “global elite” and said it was a deliberately pejorative term.

Asked about the rise in hate crime since the referendum, the former UKIP leader said he had endured four years of “endless” death threats – and that it was not just one side of the referendum argument who had behaved badly.

He said he had received 10 death threats in the past two weeks alone.

Paul Nuttall was elected leader of the UK Independence Party in November, replacing Mr Farage who was acting interim leader after Diane James quit just 18 days into the role.

Broadcasting House can be heard on BBC Radio 4 at 09:00 GMT on Sundays

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