July 4, 2016

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Nigel Farage: The bombastic bloke at the pub who changed British history (Karla Adam July 4, 2016, Washington Post)

Farage's leadership -- he took the helm in 2006 -- helped transform UKIP into something of a populist phenomenon. In the 2014 European parliamentary elections, UKIP became the first party in modern history other than the Conservative or Labour parties to win a British national election.

Charismatic and controversial, Farage is not like other politicians in Brussels.

Formerly a trader in London's financial district, he first won a seat in the European Parliament in 1999, where he quickly stood out.

"You have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk," he once told Herman Van Rompuy, the then-president of the E.U.

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