Deprived of Trump and Brexit, Nigel Farage surfs the pandemic

<p data-recalc-dims= Nigel Farage poses with a Donald Trump supporter on October 28 at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona.


The cliché quickly turned to the meme on Twitter: his eternal tweed coat on his shoulders, Nigel Farage poses in the street in Washington. The British politician holds a sign stating that he has bet 10,000 pounds on the re-election of Donald Trump. Judging by the grazing light on the Capitol behind him, the polling stations will soon close on November 3, presidential election day in the United States. “I am totally optimistic”, comments the leader of the Brexit Party.

The American ballot therefore made at least two losers: Trump and the former MEP, former founding member of the pro-Brexit party UKIP and eternal Eurosceptic, his ” best friend “ in old Europe. Looking back, the enthusiasm of Farage, embarked for ten days in the Trump campaign, makes people smile. Nigel recounting his chills when the crowd is singing We Are the Champions Queen at a meeting in Arizona. Nigel invited by the president to address the crowd, declaring that Donald Trump is “The most resilient man” that he knows. Nigel, “Trump 2020” beanie on his head, posing with supercharged fans in frozen Michigan…

“Game over” for the 56-year-old politician, who continued in recent days to defend the 45e President of the United States and his baseless accusations of electoral fraud? Not sure. Because he has already laid the groundwork for the future. Nigel Farage has just announced that he is renaming his Brexit Party by the name of Reform UK, with, as the first objective, the fight against containments linked to the pandemic due to the coronavirus. It must be said that the Brexit took place formally on January 31 and that the Prime Minister is negotiating the last details of a trade agreement with the European Union (EU): the Brexit Party therefore no longer has any real purpose.

Exploit dissension

But between the reconfinement abruptly decided by Downing Street at the end of October and the conspiracy theses of the several thousand anti-masks who parade every Saturday in London, there is a political niche to occupy. It has also been weeks since the British right wing newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, denounces the social restrictions imposed by the Johnson government. And on the “back benches”, as they say in the House of Commons, dozens of Conservative members no longer hesitate to oppose their leader. On November 4, thirty-four of them voted against the regulation imposing containment, a record.

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