Farage has attended a reception at the Ritz to celebrate his contribution to the Brexit victory.
However, it was not all celebrations. Farage made a speech in which he spoke of tumultuous times ahead.
The revolution isn’t complete
“In America the revolution is total. Not only have the people spoken and won, but the old administration, Obama and all those ghastly people, are out and the Trump people are in.”
“In this country, 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.”
A seismic shock to come
“I am not sure what is going to happen over the course of the next couple of years but I suspect there’s another big seismic shock in British politics perhaps going to come at the next election.”
“I suspect that the Conservative party is not fit for the legacy of Brexit. I suspect there is going to be a genuine realignment of British politics over the course of the next three or four years … There are great battles to be fought and I’m going to go on fighting those battles.”
A possible realignment in British politics
One wonder what sort of realignment Farage means. Does he predict the formation of a major pro-EU party and major pro-Independence party out of the Conservative and Labour parties? Presumably the former would be for “citizens of the world” and latter for “citizens of somewhere”. That would arguably be a more meaningful distinction than what distinguishes the Tories and Labour at present.
May’s best bet a clean Brexit
May would do best to deliver a clean Brexit in accordance with the spirit and instructions of the Leave vote.
That exit should be as uncomplicated as possible. It is only remainers who have yet to come to accept the result who desire complexity. That’s because it offers them the best chance of keeping Britain in the EU through subterfuge.
Their most obvious deception so far has been the attempt to argue that Brexit doesn’t mean leaving the single market. So far that hasn’t gone down well. But these tactics can still serve to slow the government down, even if they ultimately fail.
If May fails to deliver Brexit, politics could be thrown on its head. Farage’s record at predictions has been quite impressive in recent times. After winning the referendum, he backed the winning horse in the US elections. He was the only British politician to do so, which demonstrates his political nous.
May might want to pay heed.