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Nigel Farage: 'No way' U.K. parliament will approve military cooperation with U.S. under Biden

The Brexit architect said that America has never looked worse on the world stage than right now with its mishandling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Updated: August 26, 2021 - 12:30pm

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Former Brexit party leader Nigel Farage blasted the Biden administration's relations with the United Kingdom in the midst of the evacuation from Afghanistan, saying that "there is no way" parliament would vote to cooperate militarily with the U.S. under a Biden or a Harris administration.

Farage was asked by Fox News on Tuesday how the U.S. looks on the world stage. "Never been worse," he said. "I mean, we have been beside you for 20 years. We're a smaller country than America, but the U.K. has put in the same money, and suffered the same human loss. And we've never ever quibbled about that. We understood the reasons for the mission.

"And we, too, after 20 years, were tired of being there, but how you withdraw, the method by which you withdraw, is just as crucial with a military operation as how you go in.

"And for President Biden, unilaterally, without consultation with us or the rest of the NATO allies, just to announce America is going, to effectively fly the white flag to the Taliban, to see that dramatic takeover of these barbarians of the country ... right now, why would we ever trust America in any international mission, given they make decisions without consulting their closest friends?"

Farage criticized the Biden administration for betraying the U.K. and "treating us with contempt" during the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"The medium-term problem is the resurgence of international terror, already evidence that extremist jihadi groups all over the world have taken great cheer from what the Taliban have done in Afghanistan," Farage told Fox News.

During "the last few years, we've not seen major terrorist atrocities in the West," he added. "But if they start to happen again and we start to think, well, how do we go out again and try and stop these cells that are spreading international terror? How can we do it with the Americans? How can we do it with an ally that is treating us with contempt and betrayed us and, into the bargain, many of our own citizens?

"Certainly, if it's a Biden or Harris administration, honestly, there is no way, there is no way a British parliament right now would vote for military cooperation with America led by this administration. And that's a very sad thing to say, because since 1917, the U.K. and America have been side by side in virtually every major conflict.

"We've been the closest allies in terms of military action, in terms of intelligence sharing, in terms of culture, in terms of business. You couldn't have a better ally in the world. And right at the moment, I'm sorry, but there's no way we could enter into another operation with you."

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