Nigel Farage: 'duty as ambassador is to represent views of your government', says Sir Andrew Wood

Nigel Farage: 'duty as ambassador is not to be liked, it's to represent the views of your government', says Sir Andrew Wood

Nigel Farage

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A former ambassador has claimed a role as a messenger between Donald Trump and Theresa May wouldn't suit Nigel Farage because he would have to conform to the government.

The President-elect backed the interim UKIP leader for an ambassadorial role between the United Kingdom and the United States on Twitter, saying that "many people" would like the idea. 

While Farage was "flattered" by the endorsement, Downing Street has solidly ruled out any chance the interim UKIP leader will act as a go-between for the countries.

Sir Andrew Wood, former British Ambassador to Russia and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, claimed Farage would not be right for a role because he's "a politician from another party representing a different point of view".

He claimed it's the duty of an ambassador to "represent the views of your government", not "to be liked". 

Listen to the full interview above.