'You ain’t seen nothing yet': Farage denies Russia interfered in Brexit vote

As he prepares for an Australian speaking tour, Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, which led the Brexit campaign, has denied allegations that the campaign was subject to the same sort of interference by Russia as the 2016 United States election.

Farage told Fairfax Media that the allegations being investigated by a parliamentary committee were part of a “hysterical” reaction by “international elites” to what he called the two revolutions of 2016 – the Brexit decision and the Trump election.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is heading to Perth in September.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is heading to Perth in September.

He said that he would be telling Australian audiences that, if they were shocked by those two decisions, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Farage believes the movement towards nationalistic right-wing governments interested in defending national borders and cultures would continue, citing the recent victory of Italian nationalists.

These parties were backed by electorates who opposed the free movement of capital and money across national borders that have been championed by business and cultural elites he said. In England and Australia, these voters wanted to see children playing cricket and football in the streets and speaking English.

Farage can trace his political career back to 1994 when rising Conservative Party MP Stephen Milligan was found dead in his London flat wearing nothing but stockings and suspenders and with an orange stuck infamously in his mouth.

British Conservative MP Stephen Milligan who was found dead at his home in London in 1994.

British Conservative MP Stephen Milligan who was found dead at his home in London in 1994.

Milligan’s death prompted a byelection at which Farage stood for the UK Independence Party and secured 952 votes, narrowly beating the other prominent fringe candidate, Screaming Lord Sutch of the Monster Raving Loony Party.

For years UKIP existed only on the far right fringes of British politics, described by the former Conservative leader David Cameron as a mob of “loonies, fruitcakes, and closet racists”.

But as the campaign for Brexit began in 2015, Farage began to take a more central place in politics, and began to build close ties with the Trump campaign, and in particular with Steve Bannon, who led the Trump campaign.

Farage has been named as a person of interest in the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign, with some accusing him of acting as courier between the Trump organisation and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

After the Republican convention in 2016 – which Farage attended – WikiLeaks began publishing embarrassing internal Democratic emails.

Farage said the allegation that he had delivered a thumb-drive of data to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, was laughable, and part of a conspiracy of lies being driven by US business magnate George Soros. The billionaire Jewish investor, philanthropist and liberal political donor, is often the subject of conspiracy allegations by the anti-Semitic far right in the US.

This week The Observer newspaper reported that Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who bankrolled Farage’s campaign to quit the EU, had multiple meetings with Russian embassy officials in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, according to documents the paper had seen.

Banks became the biggest political donor in British history by providing more than $21 million to the Brexit campaign. He denies that any of that funding was provided by the Russian interests seeking to destabilise the European Union.

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