Fox News hires ‘Brexit’ leader Nigel Farage as contributor

Fox News hires ‘Brexit’ leader Nigel Farage as contributor
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The Fox News Channel has hired former U.K. Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage, an early advocate for the “Brexit” movement, as a paid network contributor.

Fox made the announcement as Donald Trump prepared to walk out of the U.S. Capitol Building to be sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States, according to a Politico report.

As a major figure in the effort to see the U.K. withdraw from the European Union, Farage’s work paid off in June 2016, when Britons voted to leave the politico-economic union in a shocking referendum. Farage resigned as leader of UKIP shortly after the successful vote.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump said his victory would be “Brexit plus, plus, plus.” In addition, Farage was a vocal supporter of the new president throughout the campaign on both U.S. and U.K. television and in August the former UKIP leader famously joined Trump on the campaign trail.

“He was right when he called it a movement but a movement can’t exist, a movement can’t flourish without a leader and Trump is the only person I’ve ever met in my life who makes me feel like an introvert,” Farage said this week about Trump. “He is a larger than life personality. When he was given the rule book for how you run for president, he tore it up.”

According to The Telegraph, Farage will serve as a “close but unofficial adviser” to the president.

“I think you will see that type of relationship between Nigel Farage and the president where he will turn to Nigel for advice about Great Britain,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) told the outlet Thursday night.

Farage, whose job with the network is effective immediately, will contribute to both the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.