Brexit leader Farage won’t run in June gen­eral elec­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

For­mer U.K. In­de­pen­dence Party leader Nigel Farage, Bri­tain’s best-known ad­vo­cate for Brexit, re­vealed Thurs­day he won’t run for Par­lia­ment in Bri­tain’s June 8 elec­tion.

Writ­ing in the Daily Tele­graph, Mr. Farage, who is a friend of Pres­i­dent Trump, said it would have been “a per­sonal vin­di­ca­tion to get into the House of Com­mons” af­ter seven failed at­tempts. But he said he had de­cided he could have more im­pact on Bri­tain’s EU exit by re­main­ing as a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in­stead.

De­spite UKIP’s lack of elec­toral suc­cess in Bri­tain, it was in­stru­men­tal in pres­sur­ing Bri­tain’s Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment to call a ref­er­en­dum on the coun­try’s Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship. Mr. Farage was a ma­jor player in the vic­to­ri­ous “leave” campaign.

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