Michel Barnier met with Mr Farage in Brussels on 8 January to discuss the state of Brexit negotiations as part of his ‘open door’ policy of meeting people interested in the talks.
Though the full contents of the meeting have not been disclosed Mr Barnier told British MPs at another similar meeting that he had warned Mr Farage that he would have to ‘live with the consequences’ of Brexit.
‘It is the UK that is establishing these red lines – which are closing or opening certain doors.
It is not us’ Mr Barnier told MPs from the Northern Ireland select committee on their visit – according to an official transcript.
‘I was explaining this to Mr Farage and a number of other people responsible for the Brexit campaign the other day – who I am sure some of you are familiar with.
I said to him ‘You have to be aware of the consequences of your decisions.
It is not up to us to assume these consequences.
There is no reason for this.
You have taken a decision and you have to live with the consequences’.
Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange a thumb drive of data and was possibly a more frequent visitor than was publicly known to the Ecuadorian embassy where the WikiLeaks founder lives – according to testimony given to US congressional inquiry into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to the Kremlin.
Glenn Simpson, a private investigator whose company compiled the controversial dossier alleging a conspiracy between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents – told the House intelligence committee that he was told by an unnamed source that the former Ukip leader had given data to Assange but had no proof of the exchange.
‘I’ve been told and have not confirmed that Nigel Farage had additional trips to the Ecuadoran [sic] Embassy than the one that’s been in the papers and that he provided data to Julian Assange’ Simpson told the committee – according to a transcript released on Thursday.
Asked what kind of data Farage was alleged to have passed to the WikiLeaks founder – Simpson replied: ‘A thumb drive’.
(ed: i’ve been told previously that pence is gone – reince priebus is gone..paul ryan is gone..and of course..nigel..
so was brexit nought but a russian scam that worked..?
hiving britain off from europe and weakening europe overall are entirely in russian interests..
was nigel just their frontman..?..
a russian agent of influence..?..who pulled off a massive agit-prop scam for russian spooks..?
that was successful beyond their wildest dreams..?)
Nigel Farage is a ‘person of interest’ in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – the Guardian has been told.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the former Ukip leader had raised the interest of FBI investigators because of his relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump campaign and Julian Assange – the WikiLeaks founder whom Farage visited in March.
No press or cameras around that is until BuzzFeed turned up just in time to catch Farage leaving 40 minutes later.
‘Nigel Farage Just Visited the Ecuadorian Embassy in London’ the headline said.
‘Asked by BuzzFeed News if he’d been visiting Julian Assange the former Ukip leader said he could not remember what he had been doing in the building’.
And that was how the world found out by accident that the founder of WikiLeaks – the organisation which published Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails – a decisive advantage for Donald Trump’s campaign – and Farage – a friend of Donald Trump – were mutually acquainted.
(ed:..boris johnson and nigel farage are shaping up as epic-villains of british history – up there with the truly infamous – with the damage they have done to britain to continue for the forseeable future – and the hatred against them also set to grow for the forseeable future – as the british realise just what damage johnson and farage have done..)
Trade figures for the past three decades show with brutal clarity how dependent the UK is on this status.
Even with large inflows of foreign capital the UK’s trade performance has been the weakest of the G-7 economies.
What will it look like without them?
It is hard to exaggerate the scale of the disaster the British people have inflicted upon themselves with their decision to leave the European Union – taken in the referendum last June.
More than three and a half months since the vote,some of this damage is difficult to quantify – including loss of influence with the US Europe and the wider world – the flourishing of insular nationalism – especially in England – and growing hostility toward immigrants—a tendency that had been already visible during the referendum campaign and was disgracefully exploited by the Leave campaigners.
But in recent weeks, there have also been stark indications of a kind of damage that is readily quantifiable and severe: the damage that Brexit has and will continue to inflict on the UK economy—an economy that after decades of mismanagement is overwhelmingly dependent on foreign enterprise and foreign capital.