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Finding Farage a new home... A job for Locate Jersey or Guernsey?

Finding Farage a new home... A job for Locate Jersey or Guernsey?

Thursday 25 May 2023

Finding Farage a new home... A job for Locate Jersey or Guernsey?

Thursday 25 May 2023

Nigel Farage has reiterated his love for the Channel Islands, saying he would move if Brexit "definitely fails".

On a visit to Guernsey in 2019, the former UKIP and Brexit Party leader told Express that he liked visiting Guernsey, which he had been to four or five times previously.

Last night, he was interviewed by national journalist Robert Peston who reminded him: "You also famously said that if Brexit had definitively failed that you would move abroad."

"Where would you fancy living?" he asked him. 

Mr Farage quickly responded, without a moment's hesitation: "Oh, the Channel Islands."

While he wasn't clear on whether he'd rather Jersey or Guernsey, previous visits suggest a fondness for Guernsey.

On a previous visit, he told Express that people in Guernsey are "very welcoming".

At the same time, he also said that he believed the UK's exit from the European Union will be of benefit to Guernsey.

As well as his visit to the island in 2019, where he spoke to Express during a tour of the Town Church, Mr Farage has been known to enjoy a pint at the island's Cock and Bull pub.

He also came ashore in 2015 while on a cruise which stopped at St. Peter Port Harbour.

In 2010 he gave Guernsey, Jersey and Switzerland as examples of places which were part of the single market but were not EU members during an exchange on Twitter where he was asked how Brexit could benefit the UK.

Mr Farage has also repeatedly referenced the Channel Islands in interviews over the years where he's given examples of jurisdictions managing without EU "interference" in defence of his support of Brexit. 

However, whether or not the Channel Islands would welcome Mr Farage is a different matter.

After seeing the clip posted by the Peston Twitter page, some Channel Islands residents responded rather negatively, while others made jokes.

Tim Atkins joked: "House prices on the Channel Islands have tumbled this morning."

Robbie Andrews said: "As a Jerseyman speaking... Guernsey can have him."

One user going under the pseudonym of 'Feral Chicken' said: "Alderney might have him."

Meanwhile, Jersey's External Relations Minister, Deputy Philip Ozouf, responded by saying Mr Farage's "external perspective would be informative" before going on the highlight the qualities of Jersey, including its "vibrant democracy with political stability."

Watch this space...

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Posted by Andrew Hosegood on
Oh the irony of “if Brexit fails…”
It always was, and is proving to be, an absolute disaster.
It will take a generation to undo the economic damage that Farage, Johnson, Rees-Mogg and all the others, have caused, by deceiving the British public into voting for their theoretical jingoistic nonsense.
There is not one single benefit from their self inflicted disaster, and to deprive our younger generations of the opportunity to live and work in the EU is unforgivable.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
Nobody is depriving them of living and working in the EU, it just won’t be as easy.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
Posted by Jon Jon on
For God sake keep that plonker out of Jersey ...let Guernsey have him !
Posted by Jo Collins on
He's not welcome.

And his comments about us avoiding EU interference just goes to show his lack of understanding of the impact Brexit has caused this island and without representation.
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