Nigel Farage is planning to visit Washington DC early next month to meet again with aides to US President-elect Donald Trump. amid claims he is planning to move across the Atlantic.
The visit to the US capital will be seen as part of an unofficial diplomatic offensive by Mr Farage to forge links with Mr Trump’s team which will undermine Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who is still yet to meet with the President-elect.
Sources close to the interim leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) said he will be meeting with the team around Mr Trump.
It comes as friends of Mr Farage told the Times that he is preparing to emigrate to America with his wife Kirsten. He is reportedly hoping to escape from the public eye.
Mr Farage is due to travel with the same group who met Mr Trump 10 days ago including Arron Banks, the millionaire supporter of Ukip, and Andy Wigmore, who advises Mr Banks.
Mr Farage will meet with “the transition team” who are preparing for Mr Trump’s move to the White House in January. One friend said: “They are in constant contact.”
Mr Farage’s friends played down claims that he is set to receive a peerage or knighthood in the New Year’s honours list.
One Conservative MP pointed out that Ed Llewellyn, David Cameron’s former chief of staff who became British ambassador to France last month, had been given a peerage in the former Prime Minister’s resignation honours list.
The Tory MP said: “If you get a peerage and ambassador to France for abject failure surely Nigel deserves more.”
If Mr Farage is to receive an honour, he will already have been informed. The friend said: “He has not been approached at all. I don’t think he would take a peerage to be honest.”
Mr Farage, who stands down as Ukip leader on Monday, attended a Brexit celebration on Wednesday evening.
The organisers said the reception would be “to thank Nigel Farage for leading us to victory in the referendum and for his 25 years of dedicated service towards the Brexit cause”.
At the reception at a central London hotel, Mr Farage said that whereas in the US “the revolution is total”, in the UK, “the people have spoken, but the same players have just been shuffled around the chess board and we are still being run by the career professional political class”.
He predicted there would be a “seismic shock” at the next general election in Britain, adding: “I suspect that the Conservative party is not fit for the legacy of Brexit.”
He said there was still “unfinished business” after the EU referendum and forecast a “genuine realignment”.
“I suspect the Conservative party is not fit for the legacy of Brexit and I suspect there is going to be a genuine realignment of British politics over the course of the next three to four years. This is unfinished business”, he said.
“The people have spoken but the establishment don’t want to listen, so there are great battles to be fought and I’m going to go on fighting those battles.”
Mr Trump had planned to attend the event if he had not win the US presidential election.
Nigel Farage and Donald Trump met following the billionaire Republican’s shock election victory Credit: UKIP
Mr Farage was the first UK politician to visit the President-elect after his victory against Hillary Clinton earlier this month. He also helped Mr Trump during his campaign, speaking at a rally in Mississippi.
Mr Trump caused a political storm on Monday when he said on Twitter that “many people” would like to see Mr Farage as UK ambassador to the US and said he would do a “great job”.
The comments were seen as undermining the work of Sir Kim Darroch, a former key aide to David Cameron when he was Prime Minister who only took over as Britain’s ambassador to the United States in January this year.
However Iain Duncan Smith, the former Cabinet minister, said Mr Farage would represent “himself” rather than the “nation” if he ever became an ambassador.
He said: “I think the main reason why you wouldn’t necessarily use Nigel Farage is that Nigel Farage has become himself, rather than a nation – in other words you want somebody over in Washington who represents seamlessly the interests of your nation and doesn’t themselves become the story.
“I fancy that if you were to appoint Mr Farage, whatever his merits may or may not be, I think the story would be Mr Farage representing Mr Farage to Mr Trump, not the United Kingdom.
“And our job is to have someone who represents the United Kingdom without fear or favour.”