Having demanded Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and the return of full sovereignty to the UK Parliament for decades, Nigel Farage has announced that he may not run in the first elections to a fully sovereign UK Parliament for decades – because the European Parliament is more important.
Farage, who has failed to win seven Parliamentary elections in six different constituencies, insisted it would be eighth time lucky if he stood on June 8.
But the serial election loser did not confirm whether he would stand, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he had to “weigh it up.”
And, in the irony to end all ironies, he suggested that the European Parliament in Strasbourg might be more influential than the UK Parliament. He said:
“I’m still leading a group in the European Parliament, where of course ultimately there will be a veto over the whole Brexit deal and the negotiations will take place over the next two years.
“And I’ve got to weigh up, you know, where am I best to be in terms of having an impact on Brexit and perhaps warning the British public that it’s not going in the direction it should be.
“Am I better off staying in Strasbourg or better off trying to go to Westminster?”
Is he institutionalised or worried about setting the record for consecutive election losses?