Fresh off a Brexit victory, Nigel Farage tells Liberty students they are 'living in extraordinary times'
In his first public speaking appearance in the United States since the United Kingdom officially left the European Union last week, Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage reflected on the causes and ideas behind the national movement in the United Kingdom and encouraged students not to shy away from their ambitions, regardless of the scale, and to protect their freedoms.
President Jerry Falwell introduced Farage by expressing his admiration for the British leader’s tenacity and undeterred spirit.
“He’s a testament to what one person can do if they don’t quit and persevere,” Falwell said. “We are blessed like no other university to have someone of his stature here with us this morning.”
On Friday night, Jan. 31, the United Kingdom fulfilled Farage’s 27-year campaign to free the country from the influence of the European Union (EU) and become an independent nation once again. Farage labeled the movement as the biggest geo-political event since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991.
“It’s a big deal not just for the United Kingdom — it’s a big deal for the rest of Europe. And it’s a big deal for the Western world,” Farage told the students. “You are living through extraordinary times.”
According to Farage, the EU is weighted down by bureaucracy and “big politics” and has been allowed to grow into a supernatural government, and, if it is left unchecked and unopposed, he believes it will become a dangerous global governing power.
“They have taken the power away from the people, the voters, and given it to the bureaucrats,” he explained. “Free people want to be proud of their country, proud of their culture, and free people want to live in democracy.”
Even with this massive movement in his country at a conclusion, Farage is far from done with his work.
“I haven’t finished with just getting the United Kingdom out of the European Union; I won’t settle until I get the whole of Europe out of the European Union,” he stated.
The concept behind Brexit first came to Farage’s mind when he was still a businessman in the 1990s and saw the first signs of a “globalist government” ideology that sought to remove his country’s individual freedoms. As he spent more time speaking out on his beliefs and what he saw as the future in the EU, he began to find those who shared his convictions.
Looking toward the future of Europe and the rest of Western civilization, Farage proposed that the United States and Britain ought to work together much like they did in the times of World War I and II, banding together to protect their ideals.
“I think there’s a very special form of alliance that our two countries need to have,” Farage said. “Think of what the Americans and British did twice in Europe in the 20th century, at massive cost of blood and treasure … we saved democracy and we saved the free world.”
Farage also spoke to the students about their futures and the foundations necessary to succeed in their goals and dreams. He said that the liberty and freedoms experienced in America are often underappreciated, and he encouraged students to fight for what they want their country to become.
“You’ve got to get up and start the day with a positive feeling, and you’ve got to take pride in yourselves, pride in your faith, and pride in your country,” Farage said. “If you want to be free people, you’ve got to be able to live in liberty, you’ve got to be able to determine your own futures. You cannot take these freedoms for granted, and you have to fight for these freedoms every day of your lives.”
Referencing the sight of Liberty students worshipping God at the beginning of Convocation, he said that they will need to hold on tightly to their faith and beliefs in order to change their world for the future.
“You will leave this great place of learning and go out into the world and pursue careers, but you will want to hand on to your children the liberties of free speech and democracy that you are enjoying,” Farage said. “You are young people with amazing faith and optimism, and you are people who can play a huge role in 21st century America and across the rest of the world.”
In the closing moments of Convocation, Farage was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws from Liberty by President Falwell.