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Nigel Farage will lead new party after the election

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Nigel Farage (R) was grilled by the BBC's best interviewer, Andrew Neil

The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, has given strong indications of wanting to stay in British politics post-election.

In an interview with Sky News, Farage said that his Brexit party will simply change its name to the “Reform” party once the UK departs the European Union (EU).

Farage, who has reportedly already registered the new party name, claimed the move would “change politics for good”.

The move is being interpreted as Farage’s latest ploy to remain a part of the British political landscape.

It also comes in the wake of repeated setbacks for the Brexit party, as demonstrated by the loss of four Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

One of the most prominent MEPs to abandon the Brexit party, Annunziata Rees-Mogg (the sister of leading Tory Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg), left in acrimony by accusing the Brexit party of splitting the Tory vote and thus strengthening the Remain camp.

But Farage hit back at Rees-Mogg during a lively interview with the veteran BBC journalist, Andrew Neil.

“She doesn’t understand what is happening in the Labour seats in which we are standing”, Farage said dismissively.

The defections from UKIP come on the heels of the party’s collapse in opinion polls. The Guardian reported on November 23 that the Brexit party commands only 3 percent of the vote.

By all credible estimates and reporting, the Brexit party is expected to perform poorly on Thursday’s general election.

The larger than life Farage has been a force in British politics since he helped establish the United Kingdom Independence party (UKIP) in 1992. In 2006 he became UKIP leader and over the next decade he shaped the debate over Britain’s exit from the EU.

And yet despite his national prominence – and unparalleled Brexit credentials – Farage was never able to enter the House of Commons.

The closest he came was in the 2015 general election when he unsuccessfully contested the Thanet South seat. He was defeated by the Tory, Craig Makinlay, by just under three thousand votes.  

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