With the European Parliament elections which were held from May 23-26, 2019, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was busy hitting the campaign trail.
At a rally on May 20, Farage encouraged campaigners to be “happy warriors” during the final important days of the race. According to Breitbart, he also insinuated the anti-Brexit movement is receiving foreign funding from a familiar figure in American liberal politics — progressive billionaire and mega-donor George Soros.
While holding rallies across his country, Farage informed Breitbart London that “closer scrutiny of the funding of Remain-supporting campaign groups would likely reveal ‘lots of George Soros’s money,’ among other sources.”
According to the conservative news outlet, “The funding of anti-Brexit campaigns by the Hungarian billionaire and convicted insider trader is a matter of record, with 2018 reports noting Mr Soros’s donations to just one of the groups in the Remain nexus — many clustered together in London’s Millbank Tower — hitting £800,000.”
At the time, a spokesperson for Soros’s Open Society Foundations, OSF, non-governmental organization commented the funds were going to be used to “campaign for a meaningful vote on the final Brexit proposal.”
Besides giving money to anti-Brexit groups via his OSF organization, Soros has allegedly showed a personal interest in the contentious Brexit negotiations. Reportedly, he met with Tony Blair, an Iraq War architect and arch-Remainer, as well as the European Commission at the Davos summit earlier this year. Breitbart noted that “While the details of the meeting were heavily redacted in a Commission report, the EU Observer news site reported at the time they were said to have revolved around working to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union.”
When the use of Soros’s money in British politics has been criticized, the Hungarian-American’s defenders have dismissed critics as being anti-Semitic. But Soros, an avowed atheist, has been accused of being “hostile to Israel” and financially supporting organizations engaged in erasing “the Jewish nature of Israel.”
In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against Soros’s antics. According to Breitbart, “The leader of the world’s only Jewish state has also strongly backed Hungarian leader Viktor Orban in his campaign to reduce the influence of Soros in Hungarian domestic politics and society. The Israeli foreign ministry even issued a statement that anti-Semitism accusations should not be used to ‘delegitimise criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically-elected governments,’ adding that his organizations ‘defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.’”
Earlier in 2019, Breitbart Jerusalem editor Aaron Klein wrote about groups involved in anti-Semitic boycotts and their associations to the Hungarian-American. He mentioned, “In January, Israel released a list of 20 BDS-supporting organizations whose members will be banned from entering Israel due to their BDS activism, prominently featuring six American groups. At least four of the six BDS-promoting U.S. groups receive funding tied to Soros. Scores of other U.S. organizations that support the BDS movement are financed by Soros.”
Farage’s comments regarding Soros came amidst a barrage of repeated inquiries from the mainstream media about funding mostly related to the Brexit Party. The Brexit Party Leader has called the funding allegations a “disgusting smear.” According to Breitbart, “The Brexit Party has insisted the vast majority of its funds have come from individual £25 donations by over 100,000 supporters, and has offered to show its accounts to the Electoral Commission this week in a bid to quash the claims.”
In separate remarks on May 20, Farage told Breitbart London, “A series of promises have been broken; the greatest democratic exercise in British history has been betrayed. This is the fightback, and I hope we’re going to stun everybody on Thursday, not with a one-off protest vote, but the beginning of a new political movement that is going to radically change the whole system, and the face of politics in Britain. That’s how ambitious I am.”
While meeting the public on the afternoon of May 20 in Newcastle, Farage was pelted with a milkshake. In recent days, this sticky form of heckling has become increasingly popular with those who oppose the Brexit movement. After the attack on Farage, and his suit, a 32-year-old was arrested on suspicion of common assault. Reportedly, the Brexit Party Leader is pressing charges.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter