Nigel Farage has been shortlisted for the title of Time magazine's person of the year, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and singer Beyonce. The former UKIP leader is one of 11 contenders named by the US publication, which cites his role in helping bring about Brexit. Others on its list include US President-elect Donald Trump and his defeated opponent Hillary Clinton. Time announces the winner of the accolade next Wednesday. Revealing the shortlist, which is chosen by Time editors, the magazine said: "As head of the UK Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment."
Vote Leave is considering legal action after ITV decided to put Nigel Farage up against David Cameron in an EU referendum TV special. The official Leave campaign had wanted one of its senior figures - Michael Gove or Boris Johnson - to take part and claimed No 10 had "set the rules". ITV rejected claims of a "stitch up", while Mr Farage, UKIP leader, said Vote Leave should "put their egos aside". Downing Street says the PM will not debate against other senior Tories. A spokesman said this was because the EU referendum, on 23 June, was about much more than "who's up and who's down in the Conservative Party".
On Thursday, the British public voted to leave the European Union, a shocking result that flew in the face of betting markets and professional prediction firms. On each side of the discussion around the British exit, or Brexit, stood a wide array of politicians, celebrities and other public figures, in the U.K. and abroad. Here are some of those who ended up victorious in the Brexit vote. Even before the referendum date was announced, London's then-Mayor Boris Johnson had come out for leaving the EU. "I want a better deal for the people of this country, to save them money and to take back control," the famously disheveled politician said, highlighting the theme of sovereignty central to Brexit advocates.
Glasgow, United Kingdom - He is the bombastic UK politician who realised his long-held dream of a British exit from the European Union, and who remains a thorn in the side of the nation's political establishment. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), and nominee for Time magazine's person of the year 2016, took the British political scene by storm two years ago when UKIP won the UK European Parliament elections, securing an excess of four million votes and 24 seats. The party gained its first elected MP at Westminster soon after, when Farage managed to negotiate the controversial defection of Conservative Party MP, Douglas Carswell, who knocked his old party into second place in a by-election. Just two years later, and the rarely dull Eurosceptic movement had fulfilled its ultimate ambition when the British people voted to leave the 28-member bloc by a narrow majority in June's in/out EU referendum. The right-wing populist British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) mocked the European Parliament just days after the referendum result, saying: "When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me - well… you're not laughing now, are you?"
He has been in the European Parliament since 1999, twice failed to get elected to Westminster, and recently made it to Trump Tower as a guest of the US president-elect. But could the House of Lords be Nigel Farage's next stop? Prime Minister Theresa May declined to rule out the idea when it was put to her during Prime Minister's Questions. This has reignited a debate about whether UKIP's acting leader could soon be sitting on the famous red benches. SNP MP George Kerevan raised the question during PMQs, asking Mrs May whether there had been any "official conversations" about giving Mr Farage a peerage.