Time magazine person of the year goes to… Nigel Farage?

Time magazine person of the year goes to… Nigel Farage?
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been shortlisted for Time magazine’s person of the year, alongside, among others, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The MEP and leading Brexiteer is one of 11 contenders for the annual title chosen by the editors of Time magazine.

Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Russia’s CRISPR scientists, who developed technology to edit DNA, are among the other shortlisted candidates.

In announcing the shortlist, the magazine appears to give Farage much credit for the Brexit vote on June 23.

As head of the UK Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment.

Last year’s winner was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, celebrated for her humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. Time will announce this year’s winner on Wednesday.

Indian PM Modi won this year’s reader’s poll for Time’s person of the year, beating US President Barack Obama and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.