Nigel Farage has persuaded Britain to vote to leave the European Union.

Mission accomplished for the Ukip chief, so it’s little surprise that he has felt able to ride off into the sunset, announcing his resignation today by declaring: “”I want my life back”.

The Ukip leader said he had “couldn’t possibly achieve more”, having presided over the biggest political upheaval in modern British history – which would certainly not have happened without him.

For years, the Establishment mocked and ignored the Ukip leader, but he is the man who put Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on the agenda. His  party, once dismissed by Michael Howard as a collection of “cranks and political gadflies”, forced the Prime Minister to call the referendum.

And when the referendum came, David Cameron told us we had a choice between his Britain and Nigel Farage’s. Britain chose Mr Farage’s vision.

The result has ensured David Cameron will go down in the history books as the Prime Minister who failed to take voters with him on the future of their country, with over 17.4 million people rejecting him by choosing Leave. He was once feted for winning last year’s general election, but that victory – with 11.3 million voting for him – has been dwarfed by this defeat.

By contrast, Nigel Farage will be remembered as the man the British people chose to follow. His entire political career has led up to  what he calls “our independence day”.

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