Nigel Farage 'will not take a penny' of £150,000 MEP severance pay

Posted On: 
14th January 2020

Nigel Farage will not accept the £153,000 severance package he is entitled to when he steps down as an MEP.

Nigel Farage has been an MEP since 1999.
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The Brexit Party leader is entitled to the cash thanks to his 20-year stint in the European Parliament.

In 2017, Mr Farage sparked anger by indicating that he was likely to take the pay-off, despite campaigning for the UK to leave the EU since first being elected in 1999.

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 "After 18 years hard service I'd probably take it - but they won't give it to me," he said.

"Given the nasty vindictive nature of these institutions I'd be very surprised if I get what's due."

Under the parliament's rules, the former Ukip boss could be due a pre-tax golden goodbye of £152,992 when he stops being an MEP on 31 January.

But a spokesman for the anti-EU politician told The Guardian: "He won’t take a penny."

All 73 British MEPs will officially step down when the UK leaves the EU at the end of the month.

Under European Parliament rules, they are entitled to one month's salary for every year they have served, up to a maximum of 24 years.

Mr Farage's last act as an MEP could be to officially vote for the ratification of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on 29 January.