Nigel Farage set to fly out to congratulate new US president Donald Trump

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire PPP-160407-110800001
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire PPP-160407-110800001

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NIGEL Farage has said Donald Trump’s victory in the US Election will bring a wealth of economic benefits to the UK, describing the new president as ‘a true Anglophile’ and an ‘ally to Britain’.

Speaking to The News, the former Ukip leader said the controversial tycoon’s rise to power was a sign of what a strong electorate could achieve,

The MEP for the South East of England had campaigned for Mr Trump in the United States, giving a speech at one of the Republican’s rallies.

He likened Mr Trump’s victory to that of the UK’s successful Brexit campaign during June’s EU referendum vote.

Reacting to the billionaire businessman’s presidential win, Mr Farage said: ‘This is incredible news – 2016 has been the year of phenomenal change.

‘No one thought Trump could do it – no one thought Brexit could do it – but he has.

‘This just goes to show the complete political disconnect in the world at the moment.

‘This is a phenomenal result and I’m very excited about it.’

Mr Farage was confident the UK could thrive economically with Mr Trump at the helm.

‘He wants us to be at the front of the queue in a special relationship between the US and Britain,’ added Mr Farage.

‘Mr Trump is a friend and ally to Britain – he is a true Anglophile.’

The Brexit campaigner said he would be flying over to the US to congratulate Mr Trump in person.

It comes after the MEP said he would accept a job from Mr Trump if the Republican candidate romped to victory.

‘If he did offer me a job I would quite like to be his ambassador to the European Union,’ he told ITV1’s The Agenda programme. ‘I think I would do that job very well.’

Prime Minister Theresa May has also praised the new president.

In a statement issued by Downing Street, Mrs May - who has previously criticised some of Mr Trump’s remarks - said: ‘I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign.

‘Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.

‘We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.

‘I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.’

In December 2015 she criticised Mr Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, saying it was ‘divisive, unhelpful and wrong’.