Name: Nigel Farage
Occupation: Founder member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and its former leader; Member of the European Parliament where he leads the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Grouping.
Fields of Expertise: Nationalistic Eurosceptic policies.
Nigel Farage is a British politician who represents right wing Eurosceptic policies with an emphasis on nation states’ sovereignty and democracy. His leadership´s constant slogan during his 20-year campaign was to take the UK out of the European Union (EU). Farage was one of the founder members of UKIP. As the leader of the third biggest party in UK politics in terms of votes at the 2015 election, Farage helped persuade more than 17 million British people to vote to leave the EU in 2016.
Because of his core messages, within which he calls for cutting immigration and leaving the EU, Farage has received serious criticisms on taking a populist approach and representing radical views. In its turn, Farage has called public attention to the fact that those, who are being “indoctrinated to one point of view” and unaccepting or even banning opposing and inconvenient opinions, are also imposing true threats to democracy.
Farage´s primal emphasis is on getting legal immigration and very large numbers of immigrants under control in the UK. As Farage admits, this is also a necessary precondition in order to think about properly taking in genuine refugees.