BuzzFeed is cancer, but sometimes cancer gets it right. Here’s BuzzFeed UK correspondent James Ball on Nigel Farage, who Ball declares a “winner” of EU Referendum.
Nigel Farage has the victory he’s dedicated his entire political career to: securing the UK’s exit from the European Union. A man who has stood for parliament seven times without ever getting elected has become arguably Britain’s most successful politician in a generation.
Farage, who has led UKIP for most of the last decade, has seen his party rise to around 13% of the national vote, and despite conceding the referendum result early in the evening, un-conceding, re-conceding, and un-conceding again, has found himself on the winning side of the vote.
Expect Farage to be a vocal contributor from the sidelines of the UK’s exit negotiations – if the UK looks likely to make concessions such as joining the EEC (Europe’s free trade area) without major exceptions to its usual rules, he’ll publicly cry betrayal. Farage wants a full Brexit vote, with full freedom from EU rules. Anything less than that and we’ll hear about it.
One ironic turn to Farage’s day of glory: He’s voted himself out of a job. Farage is a sitting member of the European parliament – and Britain will lose its MEPs once it leaves Europe.
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