The former UKIP leader was responding to a furious LBC listener who claimed “democracy is dead” in a comment. It read: “My family and friends have all agreed that democracy is dead. I hear so many people in my age bracket – 20 to 30 – all saying they will never vote again because of the extent to which we’ve been betrayed.”
Sighing, Mr Farage boomed: “This is serious, folks. This is serious.
“That link that exists between the governors and the governed, that bond of trust that has to exist for us to operate properly as a country is genuinely directly under threat.
“And the rest of the world is looking on utterly bemused.
“They cannot believe that a country they still think is a great country is acting and behaving in this way.”
Cross-party talks between the Government and Labour are expected this week as Theresa May warned Brexit could “slip through our fingers” unless a compromise can be found.
Shadow business minister Rebecca Long-Bailey, a member of Labour’s negotiating team, said it was “disappointing” that there had not been any shift in the Government’s red lines but “the overall mood is quite a positive and hopeful one”.
Labour’s key demand is for a customs union with Brussels in order to protect the flow of goods, but Brexiteers vehemently oppose anything that would restrict the UK’s ability to strike free trade deals through being bound by tariffs set by the EU.
Ms Long-Bailey told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Labour had discussed how any changes to the Brexit agreement “could be entrenched” so that any potential future Conservative leader, such as Boris Johnson, would not be able to “rip up” any compromise – a so-called “Boris-proof” deal.
She said a customs union was “defined in international law” and “the proposals we have seen from the Government so far and their direction of travel over the last two years have not been compliant with the definition of a customs union”.
But Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said the Prime Minister’s deal with Brussels already had a “customs arrangement” in it aimed at tariff-free trade.
She added: “My expectation – and I’m not party to the discussions – is that the Prime Minister will only seek to agree those things that still constitute Brexit.”
The Prime Minister heads to Brussels on Wednesday for an emergency summit aimed at securing a further delay to Brexit, with Mrs May hoping for an extension until June 30 at the latest, with the option of leaving the EU earlier if a deal can get through Parliament.
If no extension is agreed then the UK is set to leave without a deal on Friday.