Nigel Farage ready to stand as Ukip leader again to fight May's Brexit plan

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nigel Farage has said he is ready to seek another stint as Ukip leader if the Brexit process promised by the Prime Minister isn’t met by March next year.

Farage, who quit as leader following the 2016 EU referendum result, has said that Britain will not get a “clean, democratic Brexit under Theresa May.”

He said that he would return to the political front line if the Brexit proposals which she brokered at Chequers last Friday were not ditched.

'A complete betrayal'

Talking to James Whale on talkRADIO he said: “Frankly, what came out of Chequers was a complete betrayal not just in the way people voted in the referendum but how they voted in the general election.

“Mrs May was very clear in her manifesto what was going to happen; that we were leaving the single market, we were leaving the customs union and we’d be an independent country - and what came out of Chequers is unacceptable.

“I’m pleased David Davis has resigned, I’m pleased that Boris has decided to step aside and I think this Prime Minister needs to go.

“We will not get a clean, democratic Brexit under Theresa May and if the Conservative Party don’t come to their senses, then yes, when there is a leadership contest in Ukip at the end of March next year, then I would seriously consider throwing my hat back in the ring.

“I can promise you, Conservative MPs sitting in marginal constituencies, if there was a strong Ukip candidate there, they will all lose their seats. I don’t want to do this but I blooming well will if I have to.”

When pressed on whether he would change his party allegiance and stand as a Conservative MP instead, Mr Farage claimed they ‘hate’ him.

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“They hate me, they hate me. For many many years the one thing you could not say at a Tory dinner party was: ‘I think we should leave the EU’, you could endorse criminality and get away with it, but the EU was always the issue,” he said.

“They knew there was a fault line in the party that could split it and destroy it, and because it was me that exposed that they’ll never forgive me.”

'I cannot stand aside'

Farage has been fighting for Britain to leave the EU for the last 25 years, which saw him figurehead the leave campaign in the 2016 referendum.

“I fought for a quarter of a century to get us to a position where we won that referendum, and I cannot stand aside and see a bunch of gutless, spineless, useless, career politicians throw it away.

“So, I’m putting them on warning, if you didn’t like me before, and if I have to come back and do this again, then next time, no more Mr Nice Guy.”

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With the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, two of Mrs May’s most senior staff, there’s been calls for her to follow suit and resign. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory backbencher, has been a leading Brexiteer and someone Mr Farage could see as the next leader of the Conservative Party.

“Theresa May could be gone by the end of the summer. The one man who could capture the imagination of the public is Jacob Rees-Mogg,” he added.

“He’s honest, he’s straight with people. I’m not interested in having a career in politics, I just want this country to be independent, I just want us to lead the rest of Europe for a better Europe for everyone and once that’s done I can go back to going fishing and going down the pub.”

Farage back in politics would be 'disastrous'

Eloise Todd, the chief executive of the Best for Britain campaign, said: "Of course Nigel Farage is so keen to force through Brexit - he's one of the elite establishment figures who have already benefited personally from the 2016 referendum.

"It might be hard to think of a messier, more disastrous situation than the one we're in now - but Farage back in politics is what that looks like."

Mr Farage served as Ukip leader between 2006 and 2009, and returned to the job between 2010 and 2016.

He took up the reins for a third time in September and October 2016 after Diane James's surprise resignation after 18 days as leader.