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Nigel Farage’s final speech to European Parliament cut short after he waves flag

Nigel Farage on Brexit: A new sense of optimism is emerging in UK

Nigel Farage’s final speech to European Parliament cut short after he waves flag

Nigel Farage's farewell speech to the European Parliament was cut short after he said goodbye by brandishing a Union flag along with his Brexit Party colleagues. European Parliament's Mairead McGuinness gave the group a dressing down, saying: "Please sit down, resume your flags, put your flags away and take them with you if you're leaving now." Mr Farage finished his speech by saying: "I know you're going to miss us, I know you want to ban our national flags, but we're going to wave you goodbye." His Brexit Party 

MEPs cheered 'hip hip hooray' and gave him a standing ovation.

Nigel Farage on Brexit: A new sense of optimism is emerging in UK

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Paul Farage (/ˈfærɑːʒ/;born 3 April 1964) is a British politician. He has been leader of the Brexit Party since 2019, and served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 1999 until the United Kingdom's exit from the EU in 2020. Outside his Brexit Party and MEP activities, he is a vice-chairman of the pro-Brexit organisation Leave Means Leave, and is the host of a radio phone-in on the Global-owned talk radio station LBC.

He was leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2006 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2016. He co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (formerly "Europe of Freedom and Democracy") group. Known as a prominent Eurosceptic in the UK since the early 1990s, he has been noted for his European Parliament speeches, and as a vocal critic of the euro currency.

Farage was a founder member of UKIP, having left the Conservative Party in 1992 after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, which furthered European integration and founded the European Union. After campaigning unsuccessfully in European and Westminster parliamentary elections for UKIP since 1994, he was elected MEP for South East England in the 1999 European Parliament election. He was re-elected in the 200420092014 and 2019 European Parliament elections.

He first became the leader of UKIP in September 2006, and led the party through the 2009 European Parliament election, when it won the second-highest share of the UK popular vote, defeating Labour and the Liberal Democrats with over two million votes. He stepped down in November 2009 to concentrate on contesting Buckingham, the constituency of the SpeakerJohn Bercow, at the 2010 general election, and came third. In November 2010 Farage successfully stood in the 2010 UKIP leadership contest, becoming leader of the party once again after the resignation of Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who voluntarily stepped down as leader in August that year.

Farage announced his resignation as leader when he did not win the South Thanet seat in Kent at the 2015 general election, but his resignation was rejected and he remained in his post. In June 2016 he was a prominent supporter of the successful campaign for a vote in favour of leaving the EU in the UK EU membership referendum.[13] On 4 July 2016, he again announced his resignation as leader of UKIP, triggering a leadership election.[14][15] He was ranked second in The Daily Telegraph's Top 100 most influential right-wingers poll in October 2013, behind Prime Minister David Cameron. Farage was named "Briton of the Year" by The Times in 2014. In 2017, he began contributing to the American television network Fox News. In 2018 he joined Leave Means Leave.[19] On 4 December 2018, Farage announced his resignation from UKIP over the appointment of Tommy Robinson as an adviser to the UKIP leader Gerard Batten and the decision of the National Executive of UKIP to keep Batten as leader of the party.

On 13 February 2019 Farage confirmed that he would sit as a member of the Brexit Party in the European Parliament.[21] On 22 March 2019, Farage was officially announced as the new Leader of the Brexit Party after Catherine Blaiklock's resignation

Farage lives in Single Street, a hamlet in the London Borough of Bromley, "around the corner from Jail Lane". He has been married twice. In 1988 he married Irish nurse Gráinne Hayes, with whom he has two children: Samuel (born 1989) and Thomas (born 1991). The couple divorced in 1997. In 1999 he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national; the couple have two children. Farage has spoken of how his children have been teased because of their relation to him. He has made reference to his German wife in response to criticisms that he is "anti-Europe", while he himself says he is merely anti-EU. Farage has employed his wife Kirsten as his parliamentary secretary and in April 2014 he said that "nobody else could do that job". In February 2017 his wife told the Press Association that they were living "separate lives" and that Farage had "moved out of the family home a while ago".

In a BBC interview with Rachel Johnson in May 2017 he described himself as "53, separated, skint [broke]", citing 20 years of campaigning as the reason for both.

On 25 November 1985 Farage was hit by a car after a night out, and suffered injury to his head and left leg, the latter nearly requiring amputation. He was in casts for 11 months but recovered, and the nurse who treated him became his first wife.On 26 December 1986, Farage first felt symptoms of what was later discovered to be testicular cancer. He had the left testicle removed, and the cancer had not spread to any other organs.

In 2010 Farage published a memoir, entitled Fighting Bull (Flying Free in paperback), outlining the founding of UKIP and his personal and political life so far. A second book, The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything, was released by Biteback Publishing in 2015.

Farage is a keen cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special. He appeared in an advertisement for the bookmaker Paddy Power ahead of golf's 2014 Ryder Cup. However, due to spinal injuries since his 2010 plane crash, he cannot play golf.[265] Farage is also an association football fan, and supports Crystal Palace FC. He likes to relax by fishing alone at night on the Kent coast. Farage is a smoker and also fond of beer, this forming part of his public image. Farage is a member of the East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools' Club, a gentlemen's club situated in St. James's Square in London.

Farage is a Christian. In 2014 he described himself as a "somewhat lapsed" member of the Church of England.

In April 2018 Farage said that his two youngest children have both British and German passports and that they speak "perfect German

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