Nigel Farage quit UKIP last week.
Nigel Farage has quit UKIP, saying the party’s leader Gerard Batten seems to be obsessed with Islam and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.
Speaking on LBC radio, the former leader of the Eurosceptic party said he made the decision with a “heavy heart”.
But he said he did not “recognise” the party any more and it was turning a blind eye to extremist politics.
Mr Batten survived a vote of no confidence on Monday, after he appointed Mr Robinson as an adviser.
He’s probably the only politician I’d actually like to vote for, if I ever got a chance. It would not be because he’s anti-EU: it would be because he’s the only politician in Britain who has very publicly stuck up for smokers. He did so at Stony Stratford. I went there just once. He went there several times.
Can anyone “recognise” any party any more? I used to vote Lib-Dem, but I ceased to recognise the party after 95% of its MPs voted for the smoking ban. But I don’t really recognise the Labour party of Jeremy Corbyn either. Nor the Conservative party of Theresa May. Perhaps it’s only natural that political parties will always gradually metamorphose into something different from what they started life as. If nothing else, new members arrive with new ideas, and old members depart with old ideas. Change is inevitable.
The same thing happens in the USA. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are the same parties they were 50 years ago.
Political parties, like other social institutions, are made up of people, and people are always changing, so the institutions are changing as well. I dare say that the British Medical Association today is a very different thing than it was 50 years ago: it now seems to be full of mad doctors who believe that smoking causes all diseases, and if not smoking, then drinking. In time, these mad doctors will be replaced with a new tranche of equally mad doctors.
Same applies to religions, universities, cities. Is San Francisco today the same sort of place it was 50 years ago? Is London? Is Paris? Everything changes, but keeps the same name.
And a week after leaving UKIP, Nigel Farage is starting a new political party.
Nigel Farage has confirmed he is planning to launch a new political force to save Brexit, vowing he “won’t lie down” as the political establishment tries to overturn the referendum result.
The Brexit pioneer, who resigned from UKIP last week, told the Sunday Telegraph: “I sense within me I have not fought my biggest battle yet — that is how it feels. Whether it is happenstance, serendipity, destiny.
“I am not going to lie down and watch it go down the plug hole. I couldn’t do that. And I won’t do that. If there are European Parliament elections I am standing and I am thinking about vehicles do to that,” he added.
…I have always said that if the ball gets dropped on Brexit I will have no choice but to “pick it up. It increasingly looks like that is the case.”
He seems to think that the ball is going to be dropped. And that’s what I think too.
The latest idea seems to be to just cancel Brexit.
UK can cancel Brexit by unilaterally revoking Article 50, European Court of Justice rules
The UK has the legal power to stop Brexit by unilaterally revoking Article 50, the EU’s top court has ruled.
The ruling matches legal advice given to the court last week by its advocate general, who said as a sovereign country Britain could reverse its decision even at this late stage.
The legal decision is significant because means Britain could prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening if it wanted, even if Theresa May’s deal is voted down by MPs next week.
In their judgment released on Monday morning the panel of judges said it would be “inconsistent with the EU treaties’ purpose of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe to force the withdrawal of a member state” against its wishes.
I have no idea what Parliament will decide, but I’m pretty sure that we won’t get the Brexit we voted for.
But I’ve begun to think that in the longer term it’s not going to matter whether Brexit does or doesn’t happen right now, because I think the EU is going to disintegrate anyway, and there’s going to be Brexit whether anyone wants want it or not. And there’ll also be Grexit and Frexit and Spexit and about 25 other exits.
The EU is a political project. And that project – as the European Court has just pointed out – is that of “ever closer union” between the peoples of Europe, just when the peoples of Europe have begun to demand autonomy and independence from the EU. The Eurocrats in the EU are now increasingly fighting to simply hold the EU together, and prevent any of its increasingly fractious members from leaving. The centrifugal forces inside Europe are beginning to exceed the gravitational forces holding it together, and Europe is likely (in fact, certain) to fly apart. It won’t be the first European empire to have disintegrated. It probably won’t be the last either. The more that “ever closer union” is imposed on the peoples of Europe, the harder they’ll all fight for their independence.
The only thing that can possibly save it is for the goal of “ever closer union” to be abandoned, and for sovereignty to be restored to the members states, with the EU reversing back to becoming the EEC once again, with trade agreements between sovereign states which have their own borders, their own governments, their own courts, and their own currencies. But the European imperialists in Brussels are far too ambitious for that.