Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage leaves the party after a bend to the far right

LONDON – Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, said he was leaving the party for taking sides with right-wing activists.

Under Farage, the Eurosceptic party played a major role in the Brexit campaign. He resigned after helping the party "party" win the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership.

Since then, UKIP has turned further to the right. Last month, Farage called for the dismissal of current leader Gerard Batten after appointing Tommy Robinson, an anti-Islam activist, as an adviser.

In an article published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph, Farage said that when he headed the UKIP, the party excluded "extremists", but that under Batten's leadership, "the party leadership has fundamentally changed ".

Farage said "there is a huge space for a Brexit party in British politics, but it will not be filled by UKIP".

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