Nigel Farage says he is ‘considering a return to frontline politics’

Former UKIP and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he is “considering a return to frontline politics”.

In a comment piece for the Telegraph newspaper, the current Honorary President of Reform UK and GB News presenter wrote: “Over the last few weeks, I have been approached by several high-ranking donors asking me if I am considering getting back into the political arena. My gut instinct is not to do so, but I will have to give it some serious thought.”

He cited his concerns over illegal immigration via small boats in the Channel as a key motivation, arguing that the Prime Minister “needs to get his head out of the clouds and realise that he is presiding over the systematic importation of people, some of whom hate us and our way of life.”

former commodities trader, Nigel Farage dedicated 20-years of his life to seeking the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Farage has been a failed Parliamentary candidate on seven occasions between 1994-2015, but can nevertheless console himself that he his almost certainly the most influential political figure in post war Britain never to have sat in the House of Commons.

Farage joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 1993 and was its Leader on four occasions: 1998-2000, 2006-2009, 2010-September 2016, and October 2016-November 2016.

Farage left UKIP in 2018, citing its newfound ‘obsession’ with the issue of Islam and the appointment of ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

Unhappy with Theresa May’s approach to Brexit, Mr Farage set up and led the ‘Brexit Party’. The Brexit Party would go on to win the 2019 European Elections in Britain.

The electoral presence of Farage’s new party was considered significant in pushing the Conservative Party towards ousting May and replacing her with the more committed, Brexiteer, Boris Johnson.

Prior to the 2019 General Election, Nigel Farage announced that following Brexit, the Brexit Party would change its name to the ‘Reform Party’.

In November 2020, it was announced that Nigel Farage had formally applied to the Electoral Commission to re-register the Brexit Party as Reform UK.  And as pledged, post Brexit on 31st December 2020, the Brexit Party’s re-registration as Reform UK came into force on 6th January 2021.

In a statement on the party’s website, Nigel Farage described how Reform UK planned to take on ‘bloated institutions’ and ‘major vested interests’.

Amongst the targets identified by Mr Farage were: the House of Lords, the BBC, the way we vote, law and order, and immigration. In his launch statement, Mr Farage, described the decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make his brother a peer, as something that ‘takes cronyism to a whole new level’.

In January 2021, Mr Farage’s new party Reform UK, gained representation in the Scottish Parliament when the former Conservative and then independent MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, joined the new party.  Mr Farage swiftly appointed Ms Ballantyne as Reform UK’s leader in Scotland, stating that she would opposed the SNP’s “woke agenda” in Scotland.

However, in March 2021, Nigel Farage announced that he was standing down as the Leader of Reform UK.  Mr Farage stated that, “party politics, campaigning, being involved in elections, that is now over for me because I’ve achieved the one thing I set out to do: to achieve the independence of the UK.”