The leading Brexiteer, who was officially launching the Brexit Party at an event in Coventry this morning, claimed the party has so far raised three-quarters of a million pounds, with the biggest donation being just £150. When asked by the BBC Politics Live presenter how he planned on funding the Brexit Party, Mr Farage said: “Wouldn’t it be exciting to actually fund all of it out of small donations from members of the public. I’ve never seen anything like that.” Ms Glinka then replied and said: “Yes, I am sure it would be exciting. Has Arron Banks expressed any interest?”
Almost simultaneously, Mr Farage replied: “Yes.”
The BBC host asked again and said: “Arron Banks has expressed interest in funding the party?”
A confused looking Mr Farage clarified: “No.”
The BBC host pushed again: “No. But do you think he would be interested.”
A blunt Mr Farage replied: “No. No.”
The BBC presenter attempted to ask again but the former Ukip leader fired back: “No. That’s four times.”
She attempted to quit him once more and said: “At any point?”
Mr Farage said: “Thank you. No. That’s five times. We can keep going if you want to. I don’t mind. I can knock the ball back every time. No.”
The chuckling BBC host said: “He hasn’t expressed an interest and if he came to you and said ‘i’ve got a million pounds here, Nigel, I’d like to invest in your future in this new party’ – what would you say to him?”
Mr Farage grinned and then said Ms Glinka did not seem to understand his response.
The BBC presenter replied: “I’m not sure you have quite answered the question there. If Arron Banks came to you and said he wanted to become a donor to your new party.”
Before Ms Glinka could respond, Mr Farage blasted: “Six times I have told you no.
“I am telling you that we are attempting to fund this party with small donations from members of the public. Something that has never really been achieved before in British politics. That is our intention.
“Arron Banks is busy with his business. Arron Banks is busy running the Leave.EU website and well done him.”
During a defiant speech in Coventry on Friday, Mr Farage warned it is “no more Mr Nice Guy” after the Prime Minister forced Britain into a six-month Brexit extension.
The Brexit Party leader added the UK is now a nation of “lions led by donkeys”, branding leaders who have “wilfully betrayed” the Brexit result as “incompetent”.