Update: Farage has decided not to run.
Brexit architect Nigel Farage is considering a run in the general election, stating he will make a decision in the next few days.
Farage, the former leader of UKIP, believes he would win if he entered the June 2017 general election, which is being held three years earlier than usual after current Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election.
“I’ve got to weigh it up,” he said on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday. “Where am I best in terms of having an impact on Brexit and perhaps warning the British public that perhaps it’s not going in the direction it should be? Am I better off staying in Strasbourg [France, where’s he’s living], or am I better off trying to go to Westminster?”
Farage pointed out he’s still leading a group in the European parliament to clear the remaining opposition to Brexit.
He had an unsuccessful bid for PM in 2015, a year before Brexit; however, the political climate at that time was, of course, completely different.
Plus at the time there were accusations of vote tampering meant to stop Farage.
“[This time] I think I would [win],” Farage added. “I also feel the fear factor – the Scottish National Party fear factor [of 2015] – had a big dent on the UKIP vote back in 2015.”
“You can see Theresa May trying to play the same game again about the progressive alliance trying to stop Brexit from happening, but actually that’s going to wither over the course of the next few weeks.”
“I will make my mind up in the course of the next couple of days.”
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