The unusual exchange took place on the former UKIP leader’s LBC show this evening. Mr Farage was quick to explain why he believed that caller Paul’s capitulation on Brexit was not the right solution. Paul began: “I was behind you from day one.
“I was probably one of the first at the polling stations in the morning to get out.
“I can’t remember a time that I’ve actually said I’m a European.
“I’ve always said ‘I’m not European, I’ve nothing to do with Europe, I’ve got no ties with Europe.’
“I used to be a coach driver and, yes, I’ve been to Europe and I’ve travelled around there.
“I love lots of places in Europe. But besides that…
“The best thing Theresa May can do now is totally revoke Article 50, the reason being -“
Nigel Farage looked up abruptly, perplexed.
Speechless, he simply mumbled “Mmm” in disbelief, awaiting Paul’s point with keen interest.
Paul continued: “Europe has now made such a laughing stock of the UK.
“All the other countries around the world are all looking at us and they’re all rubbing their hands and they’re going to start thinking ‘if Europe can pull the strings of the UK so easily and make such a mess of the UK, if they do get out and they come to us for a trade deal we can squash them right down and give them virtually nothing.’”
Dumbfounded, Mr Farage stuttered: “But Paul – if we revoke Article 50, we’ve surrendered, haven’t we?”
The conflicted caller conceded that this was the case, but repeated: “I really think right now it’s probably our best option.
“I still want out, I will never change my mind.”
Startled, Mr Farage replied: “But Paul, if you want out, why on earth would you want Article 50 revoked?”
Paul sighed: “Because we are now such a laughing stock in the world – it’s not just Europe that are laughing at us, it’s the whole world.”
Pausing for a moment, Mr Farage answered: “I know, I get it.
“I disagree – I understand your upset and frustration but I disagree with your solution.
“Okay, we’ve wasted three years of our life and okay, I buy your point – we’ve been humiliated on the world stage.
“But I actually think a one-year extension, an 18-month extension, whatever it is, actually gives us a chance to get a proper prime minister who believes in Brexit.
“And we can press the reset button and do it all again, and do it properly.
The Eurosceptic concluded: “A very interesting discussion – depressing in some ways but hey, that’s what this woman’s done to lots of people.”
Theresa May is to make a whistle-stop trip to Berlin and Paris for last-minute talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the eve of a summit which will determine the future of Brexit.
The leaders of the 27 remaining EU nations have been summoned to Brussels for an emergency meeting of the European Council on Wednesday, just two days before the UK is due to leave under current plans.