This should really not come as a surprise. UKIP was formed on a singular principle, the “United Kingdom Independence Party” (hence, UKIP).
After achieving Brexit, what most political observers said was “the impossible”, Nigel Farage is leaving UKIP while most certainly ‘on top’. Mr. Farage steps down from leading the insurgent party to focus on how he can aid other small national insurgencies to achieve their own national independence.
(Via Reuters) The leader of the insurgent right-wing UK Independence Party said on Monday he was stepping down after realising his ambition to win a vote for Britain to leave the EU, the latest twist in a dramatic reshaping of the nation’s politics.
The departure of brash former commodities trader Nigel Farage would sideline one of the most outspoken and effective anti-EU campaigners from the debate about how to sever Britain’s ties with the other 27 countries in the bloc.
But it could also give his UKIP party – which under Britain’s winner-takes-all election system won just one seat in parliament last year despite capturing 12.6 percent of the vote – an opportunity to select a less polarising figure and take on the mainstream in a radically altered political environment. (read more)