Brexit and The Rise of European Populism

Published on
March 11th, 2019
Topic
Brexit, Europe, Politics
Duration
48 minutes

Brexit and The Rise of European Populism

The Larry McDonald Series ·
Featuring Nigel Farage

Published on: March 11th, 2019 • Duration: 48 minutes • Topic: Brexit, Europe, Politics

Nigel Farage, member of European Parliament for South East England, is synonymous with Brexit. He is a former head and founding member of the UK Independence Party. In this interview with Bear Traps Report founder Larry McDonald, Farage outlines why he became a eurosceptic, and why he thinks Britain will eventually leave the EU. He also forecasts a general rise in confrontations in Europe ahead, as national politicians’ interests collide with those of the EU. Filmed on February 22, 2019 in New York. Find more information at https://www.thebeartrapsreport.com.

Comments

  • TM
    The-First-James M.
    19 March 2019 @ 00:58
    I've already commented on this below, but I'll put a shorter form piece here. Courtesy of MIFID 2, European Investors (including those in the UK) are now no longer allowed to purchase shares in US-listed ETFs or CEICs, unless the fund in question produces a useless piece of paperwork known as a KID document. You can download an example of a KID document here for the investment trust, RIT Capital: www.fundslibrary.co.uk/FundsLibrary.DataRetrieval/Documents.aspx?type=packet_fund_unit_doc_priip_kid&docid=8d67753a-2a2b-4dea-96ec-99c8ac7f86c5&user=HL-PriipKids Nigel Farage's commentary on MIFID 2 is spot-on from where I'm sitting. It's a joke!
    • MT
      Mike T.
      19 March 2019 @ 10:35
      factually correct BUT there's no restriction on using options for US listed ETF's. Incidently I would always suggest it's rarely an optimal approach from a 'capital efficiency' perspective to be long/short etfs or stock outright, vast majority of the time always prefer to express a trade with options. Last point to have access to all the tools & goodies when trading options, for regulatory purposes one MUST have a margin account. Even those folks that might think they don't or need margin facilities, a margin account is necessary requirement to trade full range of options. Note 'margin' is built into option prices.
    • TM
      The-First-James M.
      19 March 2019 @ 14:02
      Mike T. Appreciate what you're saying, but most retail investors - including me - don't trade options. I understand the concept, re. selling vs buying a put or a call, the difference between the two, and why it might be preferable to express a short position using puts rather than by borrowing stock and taking the risk of the loan rate being jacked up on me. However, when it comes to sophisticated option strategies - bear put spreads, bull call spreads, etc, I'm at least a couple of books away from feeling confident enough to touch this market. I suspect I'm in a minority of retail investors with my present level of understanding, and most are unlikely to ever go near options. MIFID 2 therefore shut down the purchase of US ETF shares for the majority of UK-based retail investors in early 2018. Given how bloated many of these instruments are by stocks that have benefited from Momentum chasing, maybe it could be argued this is a good thing in the short term. However it's insulting to the intelligence of most participants.
    • MT
      Mike T.
      19 March 2019 @ 14:28
      Your feeling on Options is common place, however suggest commit to daily study for an initial period of three months, after which time you will most probably have a light bulb moment and start to really appreciate what you've been missing and then be motivated to continue your studies. Another way to avoid the absurd European legislation to use a broker registered outside European jurisdiction, e.g. I'm UK based and have a brokerage account with Tastyworks in the US. Incidentally Tastyworks is by far the best platform from which to Trade options.
    • TM
      The-First-James M.
      20 March 2019 @ 01:00
      Thanks Mike. Appreciate your input. :)
  • MS
    Matt S.
    18 March 2019 @ 18:46
    Re: Matt B's comment below: "But moreover, RealVision should not be known as the broadcasting wing of the populist alt-right." That's your opinion pal.... not mine or many other RV subscribers. Perhaps you should go and watch the 4-part special on the CFR staring globalist Neo-Con, Dee Smith, right up your street! ;)
  • MS
    Matt S.
    18 March 2019 @ 18:23
    Nice good stuff, although, I don't agree with him that criticism of Israel is anti-semitic.
  • MH
    Marco H.
    17 March 2019 @ 12:46
    I hope this comment is still on time for people to watch. In this clip from Bloomberg an intriguing sequence of events is highlighted, linked to huge hedge-fund results as a result of it. It would be interesting to learn from Mr Farage why he made the statements on brexit evening as he did, in particular on the times he made them. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2019-03-15/how-hedge-funds-gamed-brexit-to-make-millions-video
    • JE
      John E.
      17 March 2019 @ 15:02
      Thanks for sharing this link. NF is a big personality. The UK's future seems very uncertain. He is definitely talking his book of 'Leave'.
  • NR
    Nelson R.
    16 March 2019 @ 23:24
    Bringing these type of power players to RV is genius. I definitely want to hear their views and though process, it enriches my own views and thought process. Not every guest needs to be a trader/investor to benefit the RV subscribers. Keep em coming.
  • CQ
    Colin Q.
    16 March 2019 @ 22:16
    Just watching Nigel’s Brexit March on TV and online. The guy couldn’t run a bath. He’s a blowhard.
  • SB
    Stewart B.
    16 March 2019 @ 19:02
    Fabulous. The EU's Mifid2 has been disastrous for the City of London. Mr Farage is the first UK politician I have heard (recently) suggest supporting innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses people. Bring it on. As a small businesses owner I've been plagued by excessive regulations and punitive and often deceptive taxes. Many times I've wondered if I should just give up and not take on the risk and get a salary job. Many other small businesses people feel the same. They are killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Thank you.
  • SP
    Sat P.
    16 March 2019 @ 11:05
    Awesome, great to see Nigel on RealVision. I cannot wait until this disasterous EU project dies so that the working people in all European countries can get back control of their countries. One major thing that wasn't discussed is what could happen in the event of a huge recession. Combine that with Cryptocurrencies where people want to take their money out of the fractional reserve system, then you have a set of consequences that are completely unpredictable right now.
  • JM
    John M.
    16 March 2019 @ 05:01
    Absolutely brilliant! Thank you!
  • CH
    Charles H.
    16 March 2019 @ 04:04
    Excellent interview with some valuable insights.
  • MB
    Matt B.
    15 March 2019 @ 12:21
    It is a huge mistake to put this failed City broker on any kind of equal footing with Druckenmiller and all the other greats. Accepted, political risks need to be understood by investors. But in no sense should he be billed as a "Master of Finance" - when he has publicly gloated over losing money. He was a broker not any kind of trader or investor, which he glosses over with a brief mention of being a market-maker (where? when? how profitable?). But moreover, RealVision should not be known as the broadcasting wing of the populist alt-right. He shouldn't even be balanced with people of other political views. He's a financial minnow who bears no equivalence with the legends of finance seen elsewhere here. By all means laud him as a political operators - but not at all any kind of legend of finance.
    • S
      Sigurður .
      16 March 2019 @ 23:45
      who is calling him a "master of finance" ? Answer: No one.... this is a talk on politics, EU, UK politics, Farages carreer path, etc. Very informative interview, whether you like Farage or not.
  • SB
    Sean B.
    15 March 2019 @ 12:19
    Thank you to RV for giving people with highly contentious opinions a relaxed atmosphere to be interviewed without talking over them or trying to put words in their mouths. It’s great to hear the whole complete version of their stories.
  • JK
    Jozsef K.
    15 March 2019 @ 03:17
    This invitation was a mistake. Please, do not change your vision and lose focus!
  • PB
    Pierre B.
    14 March 2019 @ 21:20
    Good idea to bring political opinions on RV, given increasing importance of politics. Would’ve have been better to have a host that is more knowledgeable about the European realities and therefore have more of a debate rather than just being a Farage mouthpiece.
  • DK
    Daniel K.
    14 March 2019 @ 15:38
    I'm a big fan Nigel but sorry, you are wrong to link anti-zionism with anti-semitism. Anyone that wants to Youtube the barbaric treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government is free to do so.
    • CH
      Charles H.
      16 March 2019 @ 04:07
      Just look at how protest against Israel is actually comducted in Western nations, and you will see that there is no real distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in practice. You need look no further than either UK Labour or the BDS movement. The link is so strong that committed Labour MPs in the UK explicitly disagree with your statement and have resigned from their own party in protest.
  • SH
    Stephen H.
    14 March 2019 @ 13:32
    Always good to hear views thoughts and opinions, even we we may choose to disagree it’s the dialogue that matters most. Interesting interview.
  • cs
    charles s.
    14 March 2019 @ 11:22
    You guys really don't understand, do you? The EU was created, not to be a superstate as Farage 'saw' as he sat in a pub, but as a solution to thousands of years of continuous wars (OK, with the odd 25 year break) between European nation states. And that is what Farage campaigned against. He's not some American free market liberal, he's a throw-back to the days when people thought the cold war was good ('competition between countries') and I am surprised at Larry MacDonald treating him like a rock star or a super trader. He's also the one who complained at Obama's suggesting that leaving the EU would not give the UK a better trade deal with the US, saying that no foreigner should be allowed to influence a campaign - and who then happily campaigned for Trump. His comments on the 'common market' not being good for trade across the continent are ridiculous - I have spent 30 years broking wine around the world - between nations within the EU, trade is as simple as between two cities next to each other, giving free, easy and tariff-free access to half a billion people. From personal experience, I can say that travel, work, trade and study across the continent is as easy or even easier than it is between different states in the USA. His comments about the WTO terms offering a simple solution, with just some tariffs of lamb and whisky? The UK government calculates that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the cost of living to the average consumer will rise by 4.5%. His comments about May's negotiating the 'deal'? He ignores the fact that the UK has a treaty obligation to keep the border in Ireland open. The only way his 'clean' Brexit would work would be for Northern Ireland to unite with the republic, breaking up the United Kingdom. That is not the 'Brexit that people voted for'. His comments about the EU elections being a 'virility competition'? Just sit back and enjoy the Russian backing for the 5 star movement in Italy and its financial backing for France's national front - and even more misinformation on social media. One of Russia's (and Trump's?) key goals is the break up of NATO and of the EU. For more on the relationship : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/25/why-wont-nigel-farage-answer-my-brexit-questions. As for Larry MacDonald's outdated comments on Europe (Kissinger? Really?), on France's demands on agriculture (actually, even the Brits don't want GMO food, chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-fed beef) or on Trump softening up Europe, trusting Farage's word? Maybe you should interview Emmanuel Macon for a real, informed view on Europe. Apologies for the anger - I'm an expat Brit, disenfranchised after 15 years living in the EU (as is the right of any EU citizen) - and the very basis of my family's future has been destroyed by Farage's deliberate lies and misinformation. Thankfully, I have just been granted French nationality and can continue my life, grateful not to be imprisoned within the Little England of Farage's dreams.
    • RE
      Renato E.
      15 March 2019 @ 16:42
      "I'm an expat Brit," You are very privileged, most people can't afford to move to another country. Although I'm not living in the EU, I regularly read German or Austrian newspapers and above all, the comments of their readers. An increasing number of people in Europe believes that the EU is mainly there for the rich and privileged - the big enterprises but not the ordinary men. I agree that the original idea of the EU was a noble one, but the current direction is just wrong. I don't understand that educated people ignore the growing mistrust towards the ruling class. More of the same is not the answer, certainly not Macron's vision of Europe...
    • WM
      Will M.
      17 March 2019 @ 18:22
      Margaret Thatcher saw the impending move to a United States of Europe and spoke out against it and refused to join the ill fated EURO. The europhiles in the the UK government are selling the nation down the drain. Nigel has stated the can will be kicked down the road and indeed we seem to be heading that way..... The question is, will Parliament cave in and desperately try to avoid Brexit via extended delay.
  • GT
    Guillaume T.
    14 March 2019 @ 04:27
    A version and point of view from Daniel Cohn Bendit will be really nice!
  • MR
    Mark R.
    13 March 2019 @ 19:44
    he's a decent enough bloke. absolutely adores 'the city' and the pub culture - good lad. His brother Andy still works as a suger broker at Sucden i think! good interview anyway!
  • FK
    Firoze K.
    13 March 2019 @ 17:52
    I’m not a fan of Mr Farage but appreciate being able to listen to his views and opinions without the UK papers or media in the middle.
  • JO
    JOHN O.
    13 March 2019 @ 12:53
    Excellent interview. Its great to get an in depth update from the front lines by Mr, Farage. The edited snippets we hear on the news make forming one's own thesis very difficult. I am looking forward to more on the Larry McDonald channel. I'll also give a quick plug to his Bear Traps Report. Its a great read and gives a view from the inside on many issues.
  • DY
    Damian Y.
    13 March 2019 @ 05:46
    Great to see RV getting Nigel on for a interview. Nigel is one of the very few politicians in the UK that I have any respect for. If you want to see Nigel rip into Merkel's naive immigration policy then this is a great one to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgQva2Qh3DQ
  • SO
    Sebastian O.
    13 March 2019 @ 01:05
    Amazing to be able to hear this point of view. Larry was a great interviewer.
  • SD
    S D.
    13 March 2019 @ 01:01
    Dated interview. Too bad we can't ask him what happens now that May's ridiculous deal has been crushed. Westminster has wasted two years determinedly doing everything in its power to thwart the Brexit vote and voters are absolutely furious. So many MPs representing Leave districts and yet doing everything they can to impose Remain on the people who pay their salaries. If Westminster tries to steal that Brexit vote, there will be hell to pay, and Farage is the man of the hour.
    • JC
      John C.
      13 March 2019 @ 12:55
      May is a remainer, and the status quo suits the average UK politician just fine...i.e. they can continue to fiddle while Rome burns etc. and are very scared of having to actually enact policies that help their own people as opposed to 'looking good' and feeling good about themselves by following all sorts of well-intentioned but ultimately destructive 'progressive' policies
  • JH
    Jesse H.
    12 March 2019 @ 22:46
    Thought this was excellent. Thanks guys.
  • OD
    Oleg D.
    12 March 2019 @ 19:56
    so he's not as rebellious and independent as I thought... Quite attuned to the needs of business and probably well supported. A bit of a let down...
  • IO
    Igor O.
    12 March 2019 @ 18:59
    Love him or hate him. He is the one that started the movement. You are not sick of seeing establishment of any country around the world not being accountable for the actions they take, only if you are a part of it.
  • HK
    H K.
    12 March 2019 @ 18:34
    This is a really good interview
  • IO
    Igor O.
    12 March 2019 @ 18:29
    If Hillary had won ... America becoming part of a European single market... Sounds tin foil hat. But totally believable in same time.
  • SD
    Sebastien D.
    12 March 2019 @ 17:28
    Maybe stay away from politicians; especially the ones that live from it.
  • AK
    Anton K.
    12 March 2019 @ 17:04
    McdDonald Rockin' the Blue Suede Ferragamo's ???
    • PC
      Paul C.
      13 March 2019 @ 22:09
      Anton - You bloody legend!!
    • DM
      Dmitry M.
      14 March 2019 @ 10:55
      Gotta look the part mate ;)
  • PR
    Pedro R.
    12 March 2019 @ 16:25
    Great interview! It is good to ear different opinions. How about someone pro Europe. My suggestion Erik Nielsen from Unicredit. That will give a different view on Europe.
  • SA
    Stephen A.
    12 March 2019 @ 14:04
    Great video!
  • RL
    Radu L.
    12 March 2019 @ 13:01
    Mr McDonald seems to be what some call "ball boy", brings the balls for the player to smash them in the opponent target court. no info, no professional inquiry, not touching any sensitive topics haging around this guy (russian connections, cambrdige analytica, illegal funding of the Leave campaign, shamelessly sucking EU funds, sooo many...) I watched the interview half way and it was full of platitudes, half and factual truths. Sad to see this kind of jokers in charge of peoples future
    • M.
      Milton .. | Founder
      12 March 2019 @ 16:11
      I think the format is good considering Mr. Farage is in a public position. Sensitive topics work in a longer format where the interviewer and interviewee built up a relationship and the interviewee knows from the start you'll ask these questions.
    • JC
      John C.
      13 March 2019 @ 12:57
      So Corbyn and May are just fine but anyone who 'tells it like it is' and isn't a pure on socialist/crony capitalist is bad? Sorry we've seen what these mainstream politicians offer and it's outright destructive. They all need to go.
  • OS
    Otmar S.
    12 March 2019 @ 09:10
    Would be interesting to hear more on Mifid II and how it influences the industry. Something for all the future interviews. Thanks for providing todays interview.
    • TM
      The-First-James M.
      19 March 2019 @ 00:54
      I can tell you one way it's influenced UK (and probably Mainland European) Retail Investors. I can no longer buy shares in US-listed ETF's or CEICs unless they provide a MIFID 2-mandated document known as a KID (Key Information Document) . Incredibly, without this document, Brussels Regulators consider retail investors such as myself too f***ing stupid to go and read the US ETF prospectuses and factsheets already publicly available via the Internet. The KID document adds absolutely nothing that isn't already available in the public domain, is a farcical waste of time in my view. However, UK-based Brokers are now no longer allowed to deal in any collective investment fund or ETF lacking a KID. Ironically, this restriction doesn't extend to CFD's on the underlying ETF, which have proved to be a workaround for those who are determined to find one. Kind of ironic in that by taking such stringent measures to 'protect' European Retail investors from risk, Brussels Regulators have inadvertently forced people in riskier instruments to bypass these restrictions. To get an idea of what a typical KID document looks like, and why most US-based ETFs and CEICs are unlikely to bother going to the expense of providing them, you'll be able to find an example of one here: www.fundslibrary.co.uk/FundsLibrary.DataRetrieval/Documents.aspx?type=packet_fund_unit_doc_priip_kid&docid=8d67753a-2a2b-4dea-96ec-99c8ac7f86c5&user=HL-PriipKids (NOTE: PDF download above - don't be alarmed)
  • SS
    Shanthi S.
    12 March 2019 @ 06:37
    Great interview! Thanks guys!
  • GO
    Gary O.
    12 March 2019 @ 06:23
    Real Vision is getting the best of the best! Bravo again!
  • DR
    Dick R.
    12 March 2019 @ 02:53
    Does Farage explain his visit(s) to Julian Assange, proven conduit for Russian meddling in America's affairs? If Farage is another useful idiot for Putin, that would explain his hostility towards European institutions. Kyle Bass interviews Steve Bannon and now this. Why doesn't RV just drive up to the asylum and interview any old crazy?
    • JC
      John C.
      13 March 2019 @ 12:59
      Says the guy on the left who believes the 'Russian Collusion' conspiracy theories...yeah, sorry but you're not making any sense
  • PG
    Philippe G.
    12 March 2019 @ 00:35
    Excellent!
  • DP
    David P.
    11 March 2019 @ 23:27
    The Rupert Murdoch owned Daily Mirror has talked about the below: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nigel-farage-applying-german-citizenship-8643832. I don't know what to think of it. If i was him i would go to Singapore instead, like Dyson :)
    • CH
      Chris H.
      11 March 2019 @ 23:49
      Farage has not applied for German citizenship this is fake news
    • SD
      Stephen D. | Contributor
      12 March 2019 @ 08:00
      Rupert Murdoch certainly does NOT own the Daily Mirror. It's owned by Reach PLC and has a traditional Left Wing stand very far from Mr Murdoch's politics.
  • VK
    Viresh K.
    11 March 2019 @ 23:20
    Feel sorry for the hedge funds that take advice from this guy
  • CS
    C S.
    11 March 2019 @ 23:10
    Where's Gerard Batten?
  • CL
    Cyril L.
    11 March 2019 @ 23:10
    It's easier to break than to build. The EU has many flaws, but has a lot of benefits too. It's easy to forget that two world wars started in Europe, killing millions, and now a war between European countries is almost unthinkable (that may change again in the future with the influence of people like him). It's easy to forget that by many accounts (I wasn't born then), the UK in the 70s, before becoming a member of the EU, was slipping towards third world irrelevance. It's easy to claim to know what Brexit "the people" voted for... Seems to me that the Brexit HF managers in the City and cab drivers voted for is not the same. Etc. It's good to have Nigel Farage on RV, he deserves free speech like everyone else and he represents a part of the electorate, so it's interesting, but to me it was just a confirmation of his vanity and vacuity. Not one original or thought-provoking thought in 48mn. Old man yells at clouds.
    • CH
      Chris H.
      11 March 2019 @ 23:30
      This historical revisionism can't be allowed to stand. 1 it was NATO not the EU that kept the peace in Europe not least because for 45 years after the second world. war the threat from the Soviet Union was real,credible and uniting 2 The fact that 2 of the major European powers possessed nuclear weapons that would have made any war devastating, short and pointless 3 The 70s were an awful time for the UK but if you look at the stats the lowest points for the UK were after they joined the EU, including the emergency IMF loan in 1976 and the winter of discontent in 1978-1979, 3 years and 6 years after joining respectively.
    • CL
      Cyril L.
      12 March 2019 @ 12:54
      Historical revisionism? Where? Did I misstate facts? I expressed an opinion, you may disagree with it but please don't make false accusations. There's not necessarily a single cause for everything, I think it's reasonable to think that the EU has played a part in reducing the risk of war in Europe. The fact that the UK wasn't doing well at times when it was not part of the EU shows that the EU is not the cause of all its woes. Now I respect people who think the UK would be better off outside the EU, but I think that's far from certain. And leave advocates like Mr Farage made misleading statements to influence the vote as much as remainers did, hence my lack of respect for this sad character, and remainers who weren't honest as well.
  • OS
    Oliver S.
    11 March 2019 @ 22:35
    Great insight in to Europe...and the EU.
  • DS
    David S.
    11 March 2019 @ 21:49
    The elephant in the room for me is the worldwide massive government, corporate and personal debt burden. A second elephant in the room for me is dysfunctional governments – big, medium and small. Brexit, the Euro, inflation, deflation, immigration are important, but pale by the size of the debt problem. Everyone is searching for a safe harbor – gold, Bitcoin, land, real estate, oil, FX diversification. More people should have a plot of land and learn to garden. Any other suggestions? DLS
    • MC
      Minum C.
      12 March 2019 @ 14:53
      I think the cause of the debt problem you correctly highlight as the elephant in the room is the world's current monetary system. Once that changes to something that doesn't require perpetual debt issuance in order to satiate false measures of economic growth, then all the other problems might (very slowly) go away.
    • DS
      David S.
      12 March 2019 @ 18:58
      Minum C. - Thanks for your response. I hope you are correct. I think it will just continue as it is already the norm and helps governments of all types stay in power. Some will destroy their country like Venezuela, but most will just keep on printing. At 73 I am interested in capital preservation. DLS
  • zy
    zhang y.
    11 March 2019 @ 21:30
    It's incredible these socialist how they claim not to give space to express their ideas to people who think diferent, I love Nigel Farage and I hate those who say "ah I dont like this guy, censor him", such a ideological supremacy is low morality
    • CQ
      Colin Q.
      12 March 2019 @ 16:05
      Has anyone said that on here?
  • zy
    zhang y.
    11 March 2019 @ 21:26
    Nigel Farage the real warrior of freedom
  • SU
    Shakeel U.
    11 March 2019 @ 21:11
    You're allowed to criticise any government in the world, but if you cristise Israel you're antisemitic.
    • gg
      georgy g.
      11 March 2019 @ 21:31
      Silly point. What he talks about is Ilhan Omar type characters
    • OS
      Oliver S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:36
      Agreed. This is where people need to understand the difference between antisemitic and anti-zionist.
    • RK
      Robert K.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:45
      Because more often than not, those who do criticize the only democracy in the region, are indeed antisemites.
    • AZ
      Angelo Z.
      11 March 2019 @ 23:55
      Oh please Robert K. Israel is no more special than anywhere else - this "only democracy..." trope is growing old.
    • PC
      Paul C.
      13 March 2019 @ 22:15
      Israel gets a disproportionate amount of criticism - mainly from governments that are a lot more deserving of it themselves. Loving the 'Controversial' tag, by the way! Well done Shakeel!
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    11 March 2019 @ 20:58
    Nigel Farage is an absolute British Saint! Thanks to him, we might just, despite the best attempts of the incompetent Conservative government manage, to escape the New World Order elite's planned political harmonisation of Europe, which the huge majority do not want, and have never wanted. As Nigel says, the British bought into the Common Market for trading reasons, and then we all went to sleep over the next few decades while the unelected bureaucrats, whom are paid extortionate salaries and expenses in Brussels, plotted to steal our liberty, legal rights, control of our borders, etc. Thanks to Nigel ringing the alarm bells, we woke up just in time, and are in the process of telling Brussels where to go. Of course Brussels knows that if we manage to escape and prove we will be better off economically without the EU, their game is over, and the bookies and market speculators will be offering short odds on whether it will be Italy or France that follows us next! Well done to Larry and Real Vision for asking Nigel to tell us the actual facts, and not Brussels' fake version!
    • DS
      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:06
      A European Economic Union was not a bad vision. Only politicians, however, could believe that a fiat currency without a sovereign and a parliament without a country would be a good idea. DLS
  • SH
    Stu H.
    11 March 2019 @ 20:31
    I've been a happy RV subscriber from the beginning, all of you who disagree with RV offering Nigel Farage a platform to air his views are missing the point. This place is supposed to be thought provoking and that means also listening to view points you may oppose or even downright detest. If you don't want the full spectrum of opinion try CNN or the BBC. Keep doing what you're doing RV.
    • PJ
      Peter J.
      11 March 2019 @ 21:50
      There seems to be a prevalent view across RVTV that Brexit is going to be good for the UK. I have no problem with Nigel Farage coming on a giving his Brexit viewpoint, I actually agree with him on a number of points re the EU Commision. That said I don't believe leaving the EU is in the U.K.'s interest and would like to see someone from the Remain group put forward the counter positions.
    • DS
      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:46
      Peter J. - It is impossible to tell how Brexit will playout for the UK. It is, however, up to UK citzens to decide and take the good the bad. As investors it is important to listening to Mr. Farage as a point of view. Thank you RETV for the interview. DLS
    • RM
      Ryan M.
      11 March 2019 @ 23:39
      I couldn't agree more!
    • JF
      Jarrod F.
      12 March 2019 @ 12:10
      In that same vein, and in the interest of diversity of thought, it would be good to hear from Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister, academic, EU critic and founder of DiEM25 - a movement whose ambition is to reform and democratise the EU: "At the same time as faith in the EU is waning, we see a rise of misanthropy, xenophobia and toxic nationalism. If this development is not stopped, we fear a return to the 1930s. That is why we have come together despite our diverse political traditions," Yanis Varoufakis
  • MW
    Myron W.
    11 March 2019 @ 20:06
    I only knew Farage from some of the online video clips that are mostly out of context, so this long form interview is interesting.
    • IO
      Igor O.
      12 March 2019 @ 18:23
      https://youtu.be/kPzvbJrWx1s "None of you have ever done proper job in your life" Farage to EU parliament
  • GR
    George R.
    11 March 2019 @ 19:18
    His views were prescient decades ago and that's what Real VIsion is about. It's about giving those people, who can put the jigsaw pieces in the right order, a platform to share their thoughts. For those diparaging of him below who are no doubt sat comfotably behind their keyboards, ask yourselves this: would you risk 3 decades of your life, health and family for a cause you believed in?
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    Victor S. | Contributor
    11 March 2019 @ 18:54
    Nigel is truly the best. Wish he had a place in the US govt! Great interview thank you.
  • AZ
    Angelo Z.
    11 March 2019 @ 18:46
    Criticism of Israel is not anti-semitic Farage.
  • TS
    Theodore S.
    11 March 2019 @ 17:56
    The guy is brilliant. Great interview Larry.
  • DK
    Dennis K.
    11 March 2019 @ 17:55
    Thanks Nigel. Keep doing the great work. This intrinsically olichargic/dictatorial EU needs to be stopped.
  • Av
    Ad v.
    11 March 2019 @ 17:40
    The man without a plan.
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      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:35
      I think Brexit was his plan. DLS
  • OC
    OTTO C.
    11 March 2019 @ 16:51
    Typical politician, talks a lot but doesn't say much
  • FG
    Flavio G.
    11 March 2019 @ 16:14
    Brexit will work well for the UK especially if the EU ends up breaking apart. The EU should never have happened in its current form. The problem of creating centers of power representation is that they become alive and self-purposeful, and living organisms want to grow ! I was so happy with the European Community and then came the Maastricht undercover monstrosity which essentially was a coup d'état against unwilling populations. Great to have Farage here in RV, was great to have Bannon and I hope RV manages to get other interesting interviews from other fresh, unconventional and commonsensical leaders.
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      Ad v.
      11 March 2019 @ 17:48
      "Brexit will work well for the UK especially if the EU ends up breaking apart." Kind of a reckless to gamble your country's future on the break up of the EU. Have any of these Brexiteers looked at EU wide polling? http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181016IPR16213/brexit-effect-public-opinion-survey-shows-that-eu-is-more-appreciated-than-ever
    • DS
      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 20:42
      The split between Europe and Great Britain goes back philosophically and practically at least to the Enlightenment. Net, net Britons are on average empiricists; Europeans are on average rationalist. This may seem blue sky, but it can be seen easily with common law in the British tradition compared to the rationalist law from the Napoleonic code. Brexit is a little easier because Great Britain did not join the Euro. There are a thousand problems to be solved as in any divorce. I wish the best for all the citizens of Great Britain and Europe. DLS
  • JA
    James A.
    11 March 2019 @ 16:08
    Nigel you LEGEND !!
  • CQ
    Colin Q.
    11 March 2019 @ 13:48
    First Bannon. Now Farage. Farage has taken tax payers money as an member of the European Parliament for the last 20 years. In that time he has claimed £2m in expenses, on top of his 64k a year salary. He is also 7th on the list of MEPs with outside earnings. He is privately educated and had a "modest" career in the city, where his father was a well known stockbroker. In short, he was a beneficiary of the cronyism he claims to hate and the political system he claims to despise. Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion, giving this guy a platform on Real Vision, is a huge error of judgement imho. There's nothing new in his claims. Claims, that have been given plenty of airtime.
    • CQ
      Colin Q.
      11 March 2019 @ 13:50
      In actual fact, his first claim(about where his first job was ) is incorrect according to the FT. https://www.ft.com/content/02cad03a-844f-11e4-bae9-00144feabdc0
    • SH
      Steve H.
      11 March 2019 @ 17:24
      How else do you expect somebody to initiate change in a democratic system [sic] other than from the inside? Would you have preferred he launch a coup? With regard to the comment from Colin Q, it is to say the least mildly amusing that anybody would cite as 'truth' something sourced from the FT - one of the global neoliberal Establishment's house propaganda sheets.
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      Colin Q.
      11 March 2019 @ 18:14
      The guy has trousered the best part of £3.5 m of tax payers money whilst claiming to be fighting the “elite”. He’s an absolute charlatan. As for using the democratic system, he stood for the UK parliament 5 times and was rejected by the UK electorate on each occasion. In this “interview” he repeats the lie about GATT article 4. It’s debunked here https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/brexit/no-deal-brexit-and-wto-article-24-explained/ Not the FT this time but the house of commons library. If RV is giving a platform to the likes of Farage, we should at least expect some rigor in the questioning. The Interviewer doesn’t even know what the UKIP acronym stands for. It’s a puff piece.
    • MW
      Myron W.
      11 March 2019 @ 20:59
      No, no, no... Please abandon the notion that some ideas don't deserve a platform. RV brings people from a wide spectrum. I don't have strong feelings either way about Farage, but he's a good guest for RV to bring on. RV viewers are intelligent enough to hear him and draw their own conclusions. RV has had plenty of guests sympathetic the globalism - no reason to deny a platform to either side.
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      markettaker y.
      11 March 2019 @ 21:50
      clearly fellow RVers are not impressed with the attempt by commenters to assert the wider orthodoxy onto this platform. This is why we love RV. It dares to be transgressive and finger its nose at the doxa. We just want to know how to preserve and grow our capital! We don't care about politics!
    • DS
      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:33
      Some of the comments seem to be more about being anti-Trump rather than wanting to learn about Brexit and financial markets. You do not need to agree with Mr. Farage to learn something from him. DLS
    • SP
      Sat P.
      16 March 2019 @ 11:15
      There is no crime in being born into a well off family and the parents wanting the best education for you. He gave up his highly paid job to be a patriot. Us Brits cannot repay him enough.
  • HC
    Howard C.
    11 March 2019 @ 13:43
    Hope RV will have him back over the course of the next 8 months, perhaps to do color commentary of the events in Europe.
  • DS
    Dragos S.
    11 March 2019 @ 12:20
    A pleasurable conversation and I would encourage everyone to go beyond any convictions and watch the interview in full, not just 5 or 10 minutes.
  • CM
    Carlos M.
    11 March 2019 @ 12:05
    factcheck ( clearly he got a few trick from his pal donny) banks def. have plenty to loose from brexit considering roughly 25% of all uk exports are financial services to the EU. The City of london which is predominantly foreigners is of course against it. take a walk in high park and tell me if you dont hear more french than english. A good example of where London stands was the disparity between polls and the actual brexit vote which overstated remainers due to big percentage of the data coming from london. Regarding mifid and basel is a trade off you is like making your car faster by taking off the airbags and protective chasis. sure it becomes more competitive but at what price?
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      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:17
      Sovereignty is not without its costs. In addition, London is losing a lot of financial companies due to Euro Parliamentary laws as discussed in this interview. EEU cultures are just to diverse to be governed by a centralized parliament. DLS
  • JF
    Jarrod F.
    11 March 2019 @ 11:30
    Nigel Farage. Really. Thought that's what Fox News is for.
    • DS
      David S.
      11 March 2019 @ 22:10
      Mr. Farage is the prime mover in Brexit. I was glad to hear his opinions. DLS
  • LW
    Lukasz W.
    11 March 2019 @ 10:15
    This is one of the least expected people I would see here... but not in a bad way.
  • JB
    Jason B.
    11 March 2019 @ 09:50
    Great to finally see Nigel on RV..