About: Nigel Farage

Elections 07-02-2017

Macron, the anti-Trump

Macron winning the French presidency would be more than just a breath of fresh air for the European Union: it would an undeniable victory of Enlightenment values against the populist threat, argues Beatriz Becerra.
Brexit 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
Brexit 27-10-2016

Racism in the UK

Fascism is once again on the increase throughout Europe. Anti-racism must be at the core of a fully inclusive socialism for the twenty-first century, argues Mike Cole.
Brexit 17-10-2016

Brexit: Labour calls to ‘look before you leap’

The UK's opposition Labour party is divided over Brexit, as unity is limited to supporting an increasingly unlikely vision of a soft Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.
Brexit 27-09-2016

Labour’s ‘Red UKIP’ MPs add to confusion on party’s line on Europe

Labour could be at the forefront of exposing these inconsistencies and incoherence of Brexit. But first, the party has to overcome its own confusion and mixed messages, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 07-09-2016

The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

Brexit was the point at which two narratives about 20th century European history collided. The 21st century has seen Europe begin to turn once again toward nationalism. Fritz Groothues warns there is much to be done to reverse this trend.
Brexit 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 28-06-2016

Post-Brexit EU must fight the descent into populism

The forces that led to Brexit are not unique to the UK. Europeans must react against populism, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and "post-truth" politics before the EU's values become a thing of the past, writes James Sibley.
Brexit 13-06-2016

Brexit could destroy the UK as we know it

The implications for the imminent referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union are huge and wide-ranging - they really couldn’t be any greater, writes Sajjad Karim.
Brexit 01-06-2016

Don’t look to Norway, Brexiteers!

Many Brexit-proponents, including Richard Tice, the co-chairman of the Leave.eu campaign, have pointed to Norway's success as an example for Britain to leave the EU. But its fortunes have not come because of it remaining outside the EU, writes Paal Frisvold.
Brexit 06-05-2016

UK’s ‘Super Thursday’ – a one-fingered salute to all the party leaders

The main result of the UK’s Super Thursday election is that every party leader lost, writes Denis MacShane, Britain's former minister for Europe.
Brexit 15-04-2016

Can a Corbyn-Cameron axis defeat Brexit?

The Brexit campaign is throwing up the oddest of paradoxes.  Having been elected as a leftist hammer of the Conservatives, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has now decided he wants to ensure David Cameron stays as Prime Minister by joining ranks with him to urge a defeat of the Brexit camp in the referendum on 23rd June.
Future EU 18-02-2016

Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 08-07-2014

Excluding political groups in EU Parliament is bad for democracy

A voting alliance between the three largest pro-European parties to block Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group from European Parliament committee chairs casts doubts over the Parliament's ability to guarantee pluralism, write Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts.
Sajjad Karim MEP [European Parliament]
Brexit 01-07-2014

Open letter to Sajjad Karim: Did the Tories lose their memory?

The conservative ECR group proposed that Sajjad Karim become the next European Parliament President. Karim has written letters to MEPs, asking for their support. Romanian MEP Sorin Moisa replied to his letter, reminding the Conservative legislator of the negative campaign that his party has led against Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers.
Brexit 12-06-2014

Mandelson: UKIP reduces Britishness to a caricature

There is a huge difference in economic value, influence and return in being inside the EU or merely alongside it and forces in UK politics such as UKIP are reducing British interests to national identity and that identity to a caricature of Britishness, argues former EU Trade Commissioner and Labour peer Peter Mandelson.
Michael Emerson
Brexit 11-06-2014

The UK has no interest in bringing back competences

There is a huge contradiction between Britain's Eurosceptic populism, and the evidence it claims supports repatriating EU powers, writes Michael Emerson.
Brexit 19-05-2014

Scoxit could lead to Brexit

If the Scots vote to leave the UK in September, that could trigger a chain reaction which leads to the rest of the UK quitting the European Union. This is a threat British pro-Europeans need to take seriously given that a Scottish independence vote is quite possible, though a 'yes' still has less than 50% of chance.
Brexit 09-05-2014

EU Exit: Deception and Exaggeration

Eurosceptics lose the in/out debate because they don’t deploy the correct arguments and Europhiles, meanwhile, don't take them seriously. But a referendum will be fought on facts and those facts don't support our continued EU membership, writes Alan Murad.
Charles Grant [PolandMFA/Flickr]
Brexit 18-04-2014

Why a British exit is not inevitable

Prospects of an in-out referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the EU is not all doom and gloom: Charles Grant sees reasons both for welcoming the debate and for supporting a vote to stay in.

UKIP’s call to ban migrants is not just unrealistic, it is counter-productive

Nigel Farage’s statements calling for a ban on migrants coming to the UK is a setback for the debate on immigration - an issue that deserves thorough consideration, linking it to economic growth as well as social impact, says Sajjad Karim.