“I want my country back.”

–Nigel Farage , United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), 1993.


Arguably the chief architect of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote, Nigel Farage, on Monday used his famous epitaph on himself and declared “I want my life back”, announcing his decision to quit from the UKIP. Many have expressed shock at the decision. Nigel Farage left the party after achieving “his life’s ambition”; to get the country out of the European Union (EU). Yet a look back at the populist leader’s career shows a tendency for surprising decisions – such as quitting before.

The UKIP party has always stayed on the fringes of Parliament, securing low votes nationwide, and it’s leaders - including Farage – failing to get selected several times. Yet the party has maintained its presence nationwide through the personality cult of Farage.

He formed the party in 1993, and used the simple and populist slogan “I want my country back” since then. His layman image, strongly anti-immigrant policies, and his straight talk, shorn of political correctness, made him popular with the working class – much like Donald Trump has done in the U.S.A.