Brexit crusader Farage: “I’ll miss playing the villain”

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – As Nigel Farage packed a few belongings into a box at his office in the European Union’s parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, he reflected that he will miss the very institution on which – as its bluntest critic – he built his political career.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reacts during an interview with Reuters in his office at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

“I’ll miss some of the fun, some of the theatre,” the Brexit Party leader told Reuters in an interview. “I’ll miss being the pantomime villain, which I’ve been many times. This has been a massive chapter of my life.”

What Farage doesn’t regret, though, is spearheading a campaign that led to Britain’s exit from the EU, which will happen quietly at midnight in Brussels on Friday but with great fanfare in London’s Parliament Square at a party he promised would bring together more than 30,000 people.

Farage and 72 other Britons will attend their last plenary session of the 751-seat European Parliament this week.

On Friday morning, a group of Brexit Party lawmakers will march out of the modernist assembly building with a Union Jack to mark the end of Britain’s 47 years as a member of the EU.

Britain’s vote to leave the EU in 2016 was a triumph for Farage, a former commodities trader who become an abrasive anti-immigration politician, tapping into a deep well of popular anger in Britain that rivals failed to under


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