UKIP’s interim leader Nigel Farage has hailed 2016 as the “year of the big political revolution” after the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump.
He said that this year will go down as one of the big years in history, however a “seismic” political realignment could be the way in Britain if the establishment tries to block Brexit.
Mr Farage was speaking at a Brexit celebration at London’s Ritz hotel, which organisers said was to “thank Nigel Farage for leading us to victory in the referendum and for his 25 years of dedicated service towards the Brexit cause”.
Addressing the crowd, Mr Farage said that “when people look back in 100 years or 200 years, 2016 will stand out as one of those great history years. It’s the year of the big political revolution.”
“Brexit was the first brick knocked out of the establishment wall and then what we got on November 8 with the election of ‘the Donald’ was something of a completely different order,” he added.
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Then, to cheers, he went on the warn those unhappy with the events of 2016 that “it’s going to get a bloody sight worse next year”.
However, he warned those present not to be complacent with Brexit, indicating the Conservative Party may yet betray it.
Mr Farage said that while in America “the revolution is total”, in Britain “the people have spoken, but the same players have just been shuffled around the chess board and we are still being run by the career professional political class”.
He also predicted there will be a “seismic shock” at the next General Election, and forecast a “genuine realignment”.
“I suspect the Conservative party is not fit for the legacy of Brexit and I suspect there is going to be a genuine realignment of British politics over the course of the next three to four years. This is unfinished business”, he said.
“The people have spoken but the establishment don’t want to listen, so there are great battles to be fought and I’m going to go on fighting those battles.”