LONDON (REUTERS) - Mr Nigel Farage, the Brexit campaigner who US President-elect Donald Trump said would be great as Britain's envoy to Washington, has taunted Prime Minister Theresa May with a mock ambassador's reception complete with chocolate and champagne.
Mrs May's government dismissed Mr Trump's suggestion this week of "Ambassador Farage", saying there was no vacancy as Sir Kim Darroch is currently serving as ambassador to Washington.
But at a party at London's Ritz hotel, Mr Farage was cheered by his financial backers before offering guests pyramids of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a joking reference to a long-running British "ambassador's reception" TV advert which cast the gold-foiled confection as the delicacy of choice for diplomats.
Mr Farage praised what he called "the political revolution" that had brought Brexit and then the election of Mr Trump, who Mr Farage supported at a political rally before his victory.
"For those that are here who aren't particularly happy with what's happened in 2016, I've got some really bad news for you: It's going to get a bloody sight worse next year," Mr Farage told guests from a staircase at the Ritz to laughs and cheers.
"I suspect there is another big seismic shock in British politics, perhaps going to come at the next election," he said after complaining that Britain was still ruled by "the career professional political class".
When asked by ITV television about Mr Farage's ambassadorial ambitions, Finance Minister Philip Hammond said if he ever needed advice from the leader of the UK Independence Party, he had his telephone number.
"Tell him not to hold his breath," he added.