Nigel Farage will speak to the College Historical Society (the Hist) this Friday following controversy over his initial invitation and the awarding of a Gold Medal.
The Hist decided to revoke the award of a Gold medal following controversy after the initial announcement. The medal is awarded for “Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse”. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) politician was a main figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the EU.
The event, which is described as a discussion, titled Anglo-Irish Relations and the Future of the EU, will be chaired by Pat Leahy, Political Editor of The Irish Times.
Farage, an MEP since 1999, served as leader of the Eurosceptic, right-wing party UKIP from 2006 to 2009, and again from 2010 until November 2016. He has unsuccessfully contested five British general elections.
A leading figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, Farage has been criticised for his anti-immigrant stance. He campaigned widely for Donald J. Trump in the 2016 American presidential elections.