Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and one of the most prominent figureheads in the U.K. Brexit decision, has voiced his support of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
On June 28, Farage stated that he and Trump share similar values while maintaining that the issues that the business mogul addresses are more prominent in the U.K., The Independent reports.
“Donald Trump dares to talk about things that other people want to brush under the carpet,” Farage said from Brussels. “My problems in politics are far greater than Donald Trump’s. We literally have lost our sovereignty, we have lost our borders, lost our ability to regulate.”
The UKIP leader had lobbied hard for Britons to vote to leave the European Union (EU). One of Farage’s biggest talking points has been the free movement within the economic union, which has been anathema to UKIP’s anti-immigrant stance.
“The problem you’ve got in the U.S. is illegal immigration,” Farage continued. “Our problem is legal immigration to half a billion people.”
Farage added that he believed a President Trump would make for a strong U.K. ally.
“There is nothing on Earth that could persuade me ever to vote for Hillary Clinton,” Farage said. “She represents the political elite, it’s almost as if she feels she has the divine right to have the job.”
The UKIP leader’s comments occurred as he was attending a meeting of the European parliament in Brussels. He had gloated over the successful Brexit campaign to his fellow Members of the European Parliament (MEP), CNN reports.
“Isn’t it funny?” Farage told the chamber. “When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”
The UKIP leader’s remarks were widely met with boos. German MEP Manfred Weber at one point accused Farage of having intentionally misled U.K. voters about the consequences of Brexit.
“The worst liars can be found among UKIP,” Weber said. “Mr. Farage, if you had an ounce of decency in you, you would apologize today to the British. Shame on you.”
Farage was widely slammed after immediately walking back several of the promises that the pro-Brexit campaign had made. Hours after the vote, he admitted that the campaign promise to invest millions of dollars that had been sent to the EU in the U.K. healthcare system had been disingenuous.
The U.K. could suffer dire economic consequences of the Brexit decision. U.S. President Barack Obama had warned that the U.K. would lose its status as a top priority trading partner if it chose to leave the EU.
On June 27, Farage blasted Obama’s stance, telling Fox News that he preferred Russian President Vladimir Putin’s take on the campaign.
“Obama came to Britain, and I think behaved disgracefully, telling us we would be at the back of the queue -- treating us, America’s strongest, oldest ally, in this extraordinary way,” Farage said. “Vladimir Putin maintained his silence throughout the whole campaign.”