Farage, Nigel Paul

Farage, Nigel Paul fâr´äj [key], 1964–, British political leader. A commodities trader and long a Euroskeptic, he was a member of the Conservative party until 1992, when Prime Minister John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union . He became (2003) a founding member of the UK Independence party (UKIP), and then its leader (2006–9, 2010–16). An outspoken member of the European Parliament (1999–), he has served as chairman of its Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy grouping (2009–). A long-time proponent of Britain's quitting the EU, Farage campaigned strongly, sometimes controversially, and ultimately successfully for a Brexit yes vote in the country's 2016 referendum.

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