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Nigel Farage Urges Theresa May To Sack UK's 'Fanatical Europhile' Ambassador To The US

He ruled himself out as a potential replacement.

15/11/2016 10:59
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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has called for the UK’s most senior diplomat to the US to be sacked following Donald Trump’s election - suggesting the pair had unreconcilable differences. 

Farage blasted Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the States, branding him a “fanatical Europhile” whose world view was “diametrically opposed” to Trump and his growing team. 

He added it would be “sensible” of Theresa May to replace Sir Kim with someone who was not part of the “old regime”. 

“I would have thought it was obvious that he’s part of the old regime,” Farage told Sky News on Tuesday.

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Sir Kim Darroch

“He’s a fanatical Europhile, he’s part of the old regime; his world view, and the world view of the Trump team, are going to be diametrically opposed.

“I would have thought it was more sensible to put someone there who was likely to get on with team Trump.”

Farage ruled himself as a potential replacement for Sir Kim, saying that while he was keen to help the British Government by offering up his connections in the Trump camp, he did not consider himself ambassadorial material. 

“I don’t think I’m the ambassadorial type,” he said. 

“Whatever talents or flaws I’ve got I’m not sure diplomacy is necessarily at the top of my list of skills. All I’ve ever said through this is I’ve got relationships with Trump and his team - I would love to help in some way.”

Farage was previously floated as a potential ‘go-between’ the Trump and May administrations, before he became the first major UK politician to meet the President-elect himself

Downing Street smacked down the suggestion, pointing out that Trump had previously said he wanted a Reagan-Thatcher type relationship with May. 

“I don’t remember there being a third person in that relationship,” the PM’s spokeswoman quipped. 

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