Anne Diamond challenges Nigel Farage: ‘We're broken Britain because of Brexit'

Anne Diamond challenges Nigel Farage: ‘We're broken Britain because of Brexit'

Nigel Farage weighs in on the Tory Party Conference

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 07/10/2023

- 11:08

Reform UK’s party conference commences in London today

Nigel Farage was challenged fiercely by Anne Diamond on Britain’s record post-Brexit, with the GB News presenter suggesting the country is “broken” since the UK’s departure from the bloc.

It comes as Reform UK’s party conference commences in London today.

The former Brexit Party leader said he has no regrets in withdrawing party candidates from the 2019 general election, allowing Boris Johnson a simple path to Number 10.

Farage admitted however that Brexit has been a “disappointment” with illegal migration surging despite Britain’s departure from the EU and the promise of being able to control its own borders.

Anne Diamond and Nigel Farage

Anne Diamond has grilled Nigel Farage over Brexit


“Boris Johnson had the world at his feet, there was so much he could do, but frankly it has been chaos”, he said.

“Reform UK does not have a high recognition but we understand that. This is broken Britain, it is in need of great reform.


“The party is going to get millions of votes, and the real opportunity is this whole legal net migration.

“We will never deal with the Channel crisis while we’re part of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This wasn’t even mentioned by Rishi Sunak or Suella Braverman during their conference speeches.

“This is one of the biggest and most important issues in our country, it has affected the quality of life of every family, yet no one wants to address it.”

Anne Diamond challenged Farage, saying a lot would argue that he is the reason Britain is “broken” as a result of his efforts in securing Brexit.

Richard Tice

Richard Tice will speak at the Reform UK conference


“I find broken Britain a dismal outlook”, she said.

“A lot of people would argue that you’re the reason Britain is broken, we would be much more successful with our friends around us.”

Farage argued that the financial outlook for top European economies such as France and Germany suggests remaining a part of the EU would have meant little for Britain.

“Despite our problems, our GDP figures since leaving the EU are higher than France’s and way higher than Germany’s”, he said.

“You can see with this summit that has been happening in Spain, they’re warring with each other in the European Union.

“Even the Governor of the Bank of England, and I’m not a fan of Andrew Bailey, said Brexit has made managing the city easier than it was in the EU.

“Broken Britain is about the population crisis. It is about our public services. We don’t have the schools, the hospitals, the houses, the roads to deal with it.

“This has not been discussed or debated by anybody, and we’re going to make some noise about it.”

It comes as Reform UK prepare to outline their political outlook to the country at their conference in London.

Party leader and GB News presenter Richard Tice believes the Conservatives have been imitating their policies with their decision to delay net zero measures and Suella Braverman’s criticisms of the UN’s refugee convention.

He told the BBC: “imitation is a great form of flattery and what’s happened is they are terrified of the number of people up and down the country who recognise that we actually stand up for the common sense solutions to the massive challenges that have resulted from Tory mismanagement.”

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