Farage won’t stand as MP and the PM won’t offer alliance with Brexit Party
For a man who has never stood as an MP in the House of Commons, Nigel Farage has had an extraordinary position in British politics over the last five years.
Europe has been has been the one and only policy on which he has voiced an opinion, but this single issue has propelled him to the very top of political debate and even given him the ear of the President of the United States.
His persona as the pint-swilling, fag-smoking, man on the street belies the fact that his career was in the city and has been financially supported by the likes of Aaron Banks, but it has been a successful and productive strategy that has given him great influence.
However, while his Brexit Party, which is only months old, has gained enormous momentum with the likes of seasoned politician Anne Widdecombe joining its ranks for the European elections, it seems much like Farage’s earlier venture UKIP, it is about to expire.
Now that Boris Johnson has shoved the Tory Party to the right and has the members of the ERG on board with his Brexit Strategy, he has little to fear from Farage’s troop.
Over the weekend, Farage announced that his party would be running candidates in 500 seats and suggested that the PM consulted with him to effect the best outcome.
However, it seems the Tories have absolutely no desire to work with Farage and are now marketing a vote for the Brexit Party as tantamount to letting Corbyn into Downing Street by the back door.
Furthermore, it is interesting that Farage has no intention of standing as an MP himself, arguing that he has far too much work to do managing the party to concentrate on a single set for himself.
There is no doubt that he has been a voice of influence in the European debate, and has certainly carved a lucrative celebrity career on the back of this, but it could be that his political lightbulb is about to be turned off!
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