Brexit: Nigel Farage clashes with Alastair Campbell in 2017
Last week, Mr Farage revealed he was considering a return to frontline politics after the Government failed to “get a grip” of the migrant Channel crossings.The former UKIP and Brexit Party leader said he had given a comeback “serious thought” and that he had been approached by several “high ranking donors” asking him to return to the political sphere. Mr Farage’s comments came after Boris Johnson received scrutiny from senior Tories for failing to manage channel crossings.
Last week, 27 migrants died in the English Channel as they fought to make it across the treacherous stretch of water in a rubber dinghy.
Already this year, more than 25,000 unauthorised migrants have crossed the Channel, three times more than last year and 80 times more than in 2018.
Mr Johnson’s inability to tackle the migrant crisis reportedly caused concern that a new UKIP-style political party could emerge and cost the Conservatives their majority.
Mr Farage propelled UKIP from the peripheries of UK politics to the mainstream and in the 2015 general election led the party to secure over 3.8 million votes and 12.6 percent of the total vote.
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Mr Cambell quizzed Mr Farage on Brexit
Yet, the UK’s First Past The Post electoral system restricted UKIP to just one seat in parliament.
Mr Farage was also a prominent figure in the successful campaign for Brexit in the 2016 referendum on EU membership.
A year after the UK voted to leave the EU Mr Farage appeared on an episode of Good Morning Britain alongside ardent Remainer Mr Campbell, former Labour spin doctor.
What followed was a bitter war of words that Mr Morgan and Ms Reid struggled to keep control of.
The pair argued incessantly for two minutes
Facing a number of interjections from a furious Mr Campbell, Mr Farage said: “We want to run our own policies, have our own country, oh and by the way reach out to a bigger world than Europe, because that’s what is so exciting about Brexit ‒”
Mr Campbell asked: “Is the first step of a global Britain to come out of the biggest market in the world?
“How does that make any sense at all?”
Mr Farage replied: “Because we’re having to pay a net £10million-a-year to be part of a market that over regulates our industries and makes us less competitive.
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Mr Morgan and Ms Reid panned the camera and laughed at the chaos
“We’re taking back control! It’s great ‒ why are you so miserable?”
Mr Cambell retorted: “I’m not miserable, I am genuinely worried that we have committed, and you have helped bring about an act of economic and political suicide and that we are going to go into rapid decline.”
Mr Morgan and Ms Reid subsequently made futile attempts to manage their guests as the pair descended into a screaming match over the issue.
Mr Farage asked: “How is it political suicide to make your own laws in your own country?
Mr Campbell was an adviser to the People’s Vote campaign
“Do you loath democracy so much?”
Mr Campbell, who was Labour’s director of communications while Tony Blair was Prime Minister, campaigned ferociously against Brexit after the 2016 referendum.
He was an advisor to the People’s Vote campaign, which demanded a public vote on the final Brexit deal.
Mr Campbell took particular umbrage to Mr Farage’s claim that he “loathed democracy” and quizzed the former UKIP man on the Leave campaign’s promises.
He insisted that Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Mr Farage needed to be held to account for their “pack of lies” in the build up to the 2016 referendum.
Mr Farage responded: “Shall I tell you what the biggest lie is? You told us it was a common market, it was about trade and not to worry our little heads.
“Fifty years of lies! And we’ve now redressed the balance.”
Mr Campbell insisted: “We’re going to be a laughing stock!”
The pair continued to argue incessantly for two minutes before Mr Morgan and Ms Reid could interject effectively.
At one moment the anchors even panned the camera and laughed at the chaos that was unfolding in the studio.