So there’s plenty of scorn being heaped on Nigel Farage’s decision not to run as a candidate in the December General Election today. But the reality of what the Brexit Party, UKIP and the Anti Federalist League before it are and were actually for may be passing a great many people by.
In fact, even members, candidates and those who have been elected on behalf of the UK exit from the EU movement may have not realised what the different incarnations of this political movement were really created for.
So from this perspective alone, it comes as little surprise that the opinionati and those from the other Political Parties squaring up for this Campaign are choosing to see Farages decision to ‘sit this one out’ somewhat differently to what it actually is.
Whether you love or hate the Brexit Party and the UK exit from the EU movement in its current form, Farage clearly sees and acknowledges his own value within this Election as continuing to be a voice for the whole Brexit issue, rather than focusing on winning a Parliamentary Seat – which without the Party machines that the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrat Leaders have at their disposal – will require all of his effort in each and every form.
The Brexit debate is not yet over.
The UK’s departure from the EU is a war that is not yet won.
And today we have a Prime Minister undertaking a General Election Campaign fighting other Political Parties who are openly committed to Remaining in the EU, telling us he is committed to and has a deal with the EU that delivers Brexit, when the outcome from supporting him and his Party would itself ultimately result in Remaining in the EU – just with a different name.
Nigel Farage’s gift and arguably his purpose, has been to be a real champion and figurehead of the whole Leave the EU debate. There is little question that he was a key part of the wider team that saw the Vote to Leave the EU in 2016 through.
So his decision to focus on the message at this stage is very important for all Brexiteers – even those who do not yet see it for what it is.
That is if we want to see the Brexit that 17.4 Million People Voted for brought into being properly, meaningfully and permanently once and for all.