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    Did Ex-UKIP Leader's Trump Rally Comments Kill Any Future UK/US Trade Deal?

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    There are accusations that former leader of the UK's Independence Party, Nigel Farage, could have cost the UK its trade deal with the US following his comments about Democrat Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, outgoing President Barack Obama and his expression of support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    ​Farage recently told a crowd of 15,000 Republican presidential candidate supporters that he "wouldn't vote for Hilary Clinton if you paid me."

    Sharing a platform with Donald Trump, Farage added: "I think that you have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign. You can go out and beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington and you'll do it by doing what we did with Brexit in Britain."

    Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, listens, at Trump's campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
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    Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the British UKIP party, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, listens, at Trump's campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

    ​Standing next to a smiling Trump, Farage added: "We made June 23 our independence day when we smashed the establishment.

    "They told us our economy would fall off a cliff… and actually they were all wrong."

    Not only sharing a platform with Trump but a hymn sheet too, Farage jumped on the anti-Obama band wagon, spouting his disdain for the Democrat President.

    "[He] talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing. Here he was telling us to vote 'Remain.' "

    Farage told the audience that the campaign led by Donald Trump could trigger the same type of "change" for the US that Brexit has had in Britain.

    A change that includes Britain's economy not yet falling off a cliff, but a shift in social relations, which now appear to be on a downward trajectory. Hate crimes, including racist and xenophobic attacks increased in the UK by 46 percent following the Brexit vote.

    More than 3,000 allegations of hate crimes were reported to police during and immediately after the referendum vote — an increase of 42 percent from the year before. A recent United Nations report pointed the finger at some British politicians, who the UN said, should share the blame for the increase in xenophobic outbursts and intimidation of ethnic minorities living in Britain.

    "Many politicians and prominent political figures not only failed to condemn it but also created and entrenched prejudices, thereby emboldening individuals to carry out acts of intimidation and hate towards ethnic or ethno-religious minority communities and people who are visible different," the report states.

    Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama still believes Britain was wrong to leave the European Union and that the UK will remain in third place in the queue behind the EU and Asia when it comes to striking a trade deal with the US.

    Speaking ahead of the start of a G20 summit in China Obama said:

    "It is absolutely true that I believed pre-Brexit vote, and continued to believe post-Brexit vote, that the world benefitted enormously from the United Kingdom's participation in the EU," he said.

    It's not clear whether Farage's anti-Obama comments during his rant on a stage shared with Donald Trump have had any effect on the outgoing President's position on Brexit or indeed could cost the UK a trade deal with the US.

    However, what does remain clear is that the UK will have to wait its turn when it comes to negotiating a new trade deal with the US despite being close friends.


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