FARAGE CELEBRATES ARTICLE 50 DAY: “YOU’VE BEEN TRIGGERED”
Today we reach the point of no return, he proclaimed
Mar 20, 2017 by Dan Lyman
Nigel Farage is enjoying a glorious day in the sun, as the British government has triggered Article 50 and officially notified the European Union that the United Kingdom has begun divorce proceedings that should be finalized within two years.
Farage posted a picture of himself on social media, smiling broadly, with a pint in one hand, and a copy of the Daily Express in the other.
“You’ve been triggered,” he wrote.
Moments later, Farage shut down a journalist attempting to rain on the parade by asking the Brexit architect if he had any support to offer for the “48% who voted to stay in, who find that today is a disappointing day.”
“Come on, keep up with the main party,” replied Farage. “It may have been 48 per cent on June 23 last year, but things have changed hugely.
“Consistent opinion polls show nearly 70% of the population want the government to get on with Brexit.”
“I want us to leave with a sensible free trade deal in place – fully understanding we are their most important export market in the world, they call us ‘treasure island’ for goodness sake,” he concluded.
Farage also took a moment to directly thank Breitbart and Stephen Bannon for their support through the Brexit process.
“Good on Breitbart; good on Bannon,” he said, whilst raising his pint. “You’ve helped with this hugely.”
In an interview with Sky News earlier in the day, the former UKIP leader recounted the arduous road he has traveled and the vicious ridicule he and his once-small band of anti-globalist Brexiteers have endured through the 25 year process leading up to today.
“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “The honest truth is, for the first 22 or 23 years, it was a real minority sport.”
“We were laughed at, abused, it was an ‘impossible dream,’ and hey, here we are – it’s happening.”
“At 12:30 today, we pass the point of no return,” he went on. “There will be lots of arguments about the deal, the negotiations – but the big story is that after today, we are leaving.”
The full text of Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter to the European Council is now available to the public.
Since the referendum’s stunning success, Farage and the “Bad Boys of Brexit” have recently joined in efforts to split the polarized state of California into two new states – essentially a hybridization of the leftist, anti-Trump #CalExit push, and the long-running “State of Jefferson” movement.
The Daily Mail reports that Farage and ‘Leave’ backer, Arron Banks, just traveled to California to help raise $1 million for the campaign, and show its proponents “how to light a fire and win.”
As the Prime Minister’s Article 50 letter made its way to Brussels, Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage paid “a personal tribute and thank you” to former Breitbart boss Stephen K. Bannon for the role he played in securing victory for the Leave campaign in the European Union (EU) referendum.
In an interview with Breitbart London Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam on Breitbart News Daily to mark the occasion of Britain finally triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and officially commencing the Brexit process, the former UKIP chief was bursting with enthusiasm.
“Good morning everybody! It’s a happy day here in London!” he began. “All through the campaign, I went round the country with a placard that said, ‘We want out country back’ – and I’m just getting a marker pen, and I’m going to cross out the ‘want’ and put ‘got’.
“It’s a big, big day, and I think at 12:30, when that letter is delivered in Brussels we will have passed the point of no return. We are going to become an independent, self-governing, normal democratic nation again.”
Kassam asked the veteran campaigner if he ever worried that “legacy Remainers”, such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair and millionaire financier Gina Miller, might succeed in preventing this day from coming to pass.
“Well, it shouldn’t have taken nine months,” Farage replied. “Talk about a long gestation!”
He did not believe, however, that there was any realistic way out for the political class after more than 17 million British voters backed Brexit, suggesting the delay may have been due to the fact that “the establishment did not want us to vote to leave [and] did not expect us to vote to leave”, and made no contingency plans for it.
Asked if he thought diehard Remainers might now turn their efforts towards making a success of Brexit, Farage was sceptical.
“I don’t think they’ll ever give up; they’ve been so used to having their own way,” he said. “But they will begin to look more and more ridiculous.”
Farage confessed that family, friends, and colleagues “all thought I’d been smoking something funny” when he first began his political journey, and that actually achieving Brexit “looked completely and utterly impossible in every way”.
“But it’s been a 25-year journey. At first, dozens of people were there helping and supporting me. Then it was hundreds, then it was thousands, then it was millions – and today, the impossible dream came true.”
Farage attributed it to failures within the EU itself, including the euro which nearly all the “Remoaners” would have signed the country up to 15 years ago
He took the opportunity to pay tribute to Breitbart News Network in general and former Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, now a leading figure within President Donald J. Trump’s administration, in particular, for giving eurosceptic voices shut out by the establishment media a platform where they could speak to the public:
“One of the very important things that happened is, because we had the entire media against us, and not even willing to give us a fair hearing, I think when Bannon opened up the Breitbart office in London and began to give the arguments that I was making a fair hearing, and very quickly, as Breitbart does well, started to reach a very, very big audience. I think actually on this great Brexit day I have to say a personal thank you and tribute to Steve Bannon for having the foresightedness of doing that with Breitbart, and I’m extremely grateful.”
Brexit becomes official as Article 50 is triggered. Watch PM Theresa May’s statement here.
By Robert Laurie
A little over a week ago, we learned that Prime Minister Theresa May intended to abide by the wishes of the voters, invoke “Article 50” by delivering a letter of intent, and trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union. Today, the big moment arrived and, true to her word, the UK will soon be out.
“In accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union. We are going to make our own decisions and our own laws. We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us. And we are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer, Britain – a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.
That is our ambition and our opportunity, and that is what this government is determined to do.”
You can watch the entire statement below.
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