MERTHYR TYDFIL, Wales (Reuters) – Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage is one of the few politicians in Britain enjoying this month’s elections to the European parliament. In fact, he’s relishing it.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a Brexit Party campaign event in Essex, Britain, May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Farage, a 55-year-old former commodities broker, is one of Britain’s foremost critics of what he describes as an institution at the heart of a failing “euro project”.
But the veteran eurosceptic is putting everything into regaining a seat in the assembly, hoping his clear message in support of Britain’s departure from the European Union will give him a foothold to transform the country’s politics.
It is a noisy, and for mainstream parties frightening, comeback for a man who took a step back from politics after Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016. He said at the time he had “done my bit” to secure Brexit, the biggest shift in the country’s foreign and trade policy for more than 40 years.
Fast forward three years, Britain has missed its March 29 Brexit deadline, and positions on how, or even whether, Britain should leave have become more entrenched. Prime Minister Theresa May has so far failed to negotiate a way through.
It is fertile ground for Farage and his newly formed Brexit Party, which is topping the polls before the May 23 election.
Britain’s main parties, the governing Conservatives and opposition Labour, have dedicated few resources to campaigning for the election, while Farage is mounting an energetic and fast-paced campaign.
His sleek new operation sometimes misfires. As Farage walked down the main high street in this traditionally Labour supporting former mining town on Wednesday to greet supporters,