How important is Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage: "Mr. Brexit" in a winning mood
It's the appearance of a star. In Newport, South Wales, Nigel Farage, the man Donald Trump likes to call "Mr. Brexit", finds an enthusiastic audience. His first words - "I'm back!" - are drowned in applause. Hundreds of Farage fans have traveled to the small coastal town, many from the area, the hall is filled to the last seat.
"Brexit Party" is the name of Farage's new party, which he founded especially for the elections to the EU Parliament and which has a good chance of becoming the strongest party in the EU elections. The question at stake is what kind of country Great Britain wants to be, Farage implores his supporters, "nothing less than a rebirth of democracy". Brexit was a clear mandate - Farage portrays that it has not yet been implemented as a failure of British politicians.
Filled to the last place: EU critic Nigel Farage gets a lot of applause in Newport
Applause for "Brexiteers"
Farage fans are united by the feeling that they have been betrayed. Many Newport supporters originally voted Conservative, but are disappointed with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government.
Like Monima O'Connor, who lives in a remote village in west Wales and cannot understand why Great Britain has still not gotten rid of the "Brussels bureaucrats" she hated.
Retailer Monima O'Connor wants to get out of the EU
The Welshwoman runs a plumbing shop with her husband. Theresa May actually never really wanted Brexit, she says, she just faked it. As a retailer who does not export to the EU, she does not see any advantages in being a member of the EU.
Farage supporters find hard words for British Prime Minister Theresa May. Many people say that she is a "traitor". They want to get out of the EU, no matter what the cost. An exit agreement with the EU that guarantees a smooth transition is not important to them, they are convinced that Britain can stand on its own two feet.
"We have to stop Farage"
Nigel Farage gets the biggest applause when he insults the politicians in Westminster. His accusations under the motto "the political class that only serves itself" have so far been reserved for Brussels politicians. But now he hopes to fulfill his original dream of finally becoming a member of the British Parliament. He has already tried seven times, without success.
Change of scene: Rachel Johnson railed against Nigel Farage at an election event in Bath, southern England. Boris Johnson's sister is the top candidate of the new pro-European party "Change UK" and is applying for a mandate in Brussels for the first time.
"We absolutely have to stop Farage," is their message. She is campaigning for a second referendum. Pro-European Rachel Johnson is certain that there would be "permanent chaos" without another vote.
Family quarrel: While Boris Johnson is fighting for Brexit, his sister Rachel is calling for a new referendum
Frustration with Brexit policy
"Change UK" emerged from a non-partisan association of members of the British House of Commons and is the first to put up candidates in the EU elections. Labor and Tories politicians had come together out of frustration over the ineffective Brexit policies of their respective parties. The most important goal is a second referendum.
In contrast to the cheerful election party of the "Brexit Party", the cricket club in Bath only has four rows of chairs for the audience. Rachel Johnson is understanding. It is understandable that many people have had enough of Brexit and "just want to get out" because they are fed up with the subject.
But this attitude, so their warning, is too short-sighted: "If Great Britain simply crashes out of the EU because the MEPs cannot agree on an agreement, then things really get going." In a so-called "no-deal" scenario, Britain would have to start all over again in laborious individual negotiations, explains Johnson.
The Liberal Democrats, who, with the help of Guy Verhofstadt, present their EU election program in central London, also define themselves as the voice of reason. Your message is clear: "We want to be the voice against nationalists and populists across Europe," says Verhofstadt.
And Westminister again and again
Irina von Wiese, the Liberals' top candidate for the EU election, comes from Germany
Verhofstadt is the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator. The liberal top candidate, who supports Verhofstadt in London, appears at the election date with glowing yellow-blue EU stars on her ears. She does not see the reasons why Great Britain voted for Brexit in Brussels, but in the austerity policies of May's government.
In the polls so far, the Liberals are in second place - albeit with only 16 percent. "Change UK" has only been able to convince five percent of all voters. Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is undisputed at the top - with 35 percent.
The pro-European parties appear helpless against Farage. Instead of joining forces, they compete against each other. Brexit is the wrong answer to a right question, it is often said from their camp. But the "Remainer" don't seem to have found the correct answer either.
Farage's message, on the other hand, is simple and catchy. He assures us that with his help the British could be proud of their country again. He insults "career politicians" even though he has represented Great Britain in the EU Parliament for decades.
In Newport, Wales, many Farage fans want to be part of this new political force and join the party following the campaign event. Monima O'Connor also takes one of the posters with her, she wants to put it up in the village. She thinks the new party is "wonderful". Such posters are being hung up all over Britain these days - more than the mainstream parties would like.
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