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The Background To The BreXit Party OR Inspite Of Farage! …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/05/2019

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it may interest less frequent readers of our blog regarding Nigel Farage and his various cults be they Ukip, EUkip, EFD Group, EFDD Group his antics with Aaron Banks, his toadying with Donal Trump, his several financial scams his various mistresses and now his latest incarnation with The BreXit Party it has frequently been this blog that has published the facts first – whether that was his relationship with Annabelle Fuller some 15 years ago, his wife’s threatening his mistress at a Party conference or his tax dodging deposit of £1/4 Million in The Isle of Mann in the name of Farage Educational Trust years before the media caught up with the scam.

It was also this blog, together with Daniel Foggo that exposed the embezzelment of money by Tom Wise in his association with Lindsey Jenkins. We also orchestrated the foreward to one of Lindsey Jenkins’ books and part funding of its publication by Nigel Farage and when he tried to renege on his payment we ensured he settled the debt.

We colluded in the exposure of Farage’s paying his wife £30K a year with tax payers’ money seemingly as hush money as a result of his long term affair with Annabelle Fuller. We also colluded in denouncing Farage employing his staff as sexual partners at the taxpayers’ expense on the floor of the EU parliament.

We were publishing details of ‘Dark Money’ long before it was fashionable and at least 10 years we were publishing facts regarding Farage’s ongoing affair with Laure Ferrarri when she was about 25 and just one of his, apparently fully funded, stable of mistresses.

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Long before Annabelle Fuller changed her name to Trixie Sanderson and sold her kiss and tell story to The Sun we had published the facts, without the lurid embellishments! It was as a result of our constant publication of facts that we were frequently threatened by Faragistas and endlessly lied about by one of the most consumate liars and serial degenerates Nigel Farage.

For years Farage lied about his debauchery and much else!

All of that said, lets face it the British public; who were unaware of the enormity of the incompetence, profligacy, self serving dishonesty of the clear majority of politicians; have recently learned in watching the machinations and corrupt antics of politicians relative to BreXit in recent months.

I guess the real start of the dishonestly regarding the EU, as far as Britain was concerned, was with Eden, MacMillan and on becoming more obvious with Heath & Rippon. Thatcher tried to stem the corruption but even she lacked the courage to advocate leaving and it took the likes of Norris McWhirter and a small group of stalwarts from the The Anti_Common Market League founded in 1961 to start to highlight the issues for the public.

Ukip was a late arriver when Alan Skedd founded the party in 1993 – Farage joined quite early on,  as of course did Mark Deavin of the BNP!

Farage fell out with Skedd and at one stage quit the party during which time he is believed to have actively sought the leadership of the BNP as discussed with LeComber & Deavin:

FARAGE, Nigel 37 DEAVIN, Mark - LeCOMBER, Tony

and so the story goes on – all covered in detail elsewhere in this blog.

It is however worthy of note that Nigel Farage has done much to undermine and seemingly seek to sabotage the #BreXit movement – refusing to actively oppose the introduction of the New EU Constitution in Britain which having been voted down by the French, the Dutch, The danish and the Irish was rapidly reprinted with minor alterations in a different point size to seem different when restyled The Lisbon Treaty!.

Even when it came to the original campaign to get BreXit Farage did very little and in fact did a great deal to avoid leaving the EU as anyone who has followed the facts relative to his behaviour regarding Nikki Sinclaire can attest.

Although never creditted with the achievement Sit was Nikki Sinclaire who is directly responsible for forcing the Government to a debate and vote in Parliament and the inclusion of the promise of an In/Out vote in a Referendum and the solemn PROMISE that whatever the Peoples’ Vote decided would be honoured by the Government.

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It was Paddy Ashdown who said on the night of the count:

I will respect no one who does not respect the sovereign vote of the British people once it has spoken whether it is a majority of one percent or 20 percent.When the British people have spoken you do what they command. Either you believe in democracy or you don’t.

(Paddy Ashdown whilst awaiting the result of the Referendum count 23-Jun-2016)

His memory is soon forgotten by clearly lesser men in the Lib Dems who are clearly far from Liberal & no lovers of democracy.
I hope, inspite of the facts pertaining to Nigel Farage you will, like me, on the 23rd. May hold your nose and inspite of Farage & his cult VOTE FOR The BreXit Party, particularly if you value democracy after the obscene behaviour of our Parliament who have betrayed and lied to the electorate.
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‘I dream about you Nigel!’ Liz Hurley confessed her affections for Farage, claim his camp as the Brexit Party maintains its 18 point lead over the Tories ahead of May 23 EU elections

  • Supermodel, 53, reportedly told Mr Farage her secret at a recent London party

  • Source said: ‘Nigel said that Liz Hurley once told him at a party: ‘I dream about you Nigel!’ Women are just sort of drawn to him – but then so are men’

  • Mr Farage has given up pints for a rare glass of wine and has a fitness regime

  • He said: ‘It’s made a massive difference. I’m not going to the pub every day. I had enough of not feeling good’

  • New EU election poll puts Brexit Party on 30%, Labour on 24% and Tories on 12%  

Liz Hurley allegedly confessed her admiration for Nigel Farage and told him that she ‘dreams about him’ as it was revealed the Brexit Party today opened up an 18-point lead over the Tories.

The claim about the supermodel, 53, was made by ‘friends’ of Mr Farage, 59, as he revealed a new clean-living regime with pints swapped for red wine while he campaigns around Britain.

His lifestyle change came in the wake of this 2010 plane crash and heavy drinking in previous elections – combined with a more professional American-style approach to politics – and he believes it has helped his anti-EU movement surge in the polls. 

Today a new survey for Good Morning Britain found that 30 per cent of people intend to vote for the Brexit Party in the May 23 European elections, with the Tories far behind on 12 per cent and Labour on 24 per cent.

And while Mr Farage campaigns around the nation – landing in Wales today – a source told the Telegraph that ‘women are queuing up to meet him’. 

The source added: ‘Nigel said that Liz Hurley once told him at a party: ‘I dream about you Nigel!’ Women are just sort of drawn to him – but then so are men’. 

The supermodel is a known Brexiteer having already backed the campaign to leave the EU by stripping off on the eve of polling day in 2016 declaring: ‘No whinging from the losers’. 

Liz Hurley, pictured this week enjoying the sun on Instagram, reportedly told Nigel Farage 'she dreams about him'
Liz Hurley, pictured this week enjoying the sun on Instagram, reportedly told Nigel Farage, pictured in Pontefract on Monday, 'she dreams about him'

Liz Hurley, pictured this week enjoying the sun on Instagram, reportedly told Nigel Farage (right in Pontefract on Monday) ‘she dreams about him’

 

A new GMB poll found that 30 per cent of people intend to vote for the Brexit Party on May 23 - way ahead of the Tories and leading Labour too

 

A new GMB poll found that 30 per cent of people intend to vote for the Brexit Party on May 23 – way ahead of the Tories and leading Labour too

Mr Farage, whose new party is set to give the Tories and Labour a bruising on May 23, has been in a relationship with 39-year-old French former waitress Laure Ferrari, ‘for around a decade’, according to the Telegraph.

Liz Hurley backed the campaign to leave the EU by stripping off on the eve of polling day in 2016 (pictured)

 

Liz Hurley backed the campaign to leave the EU by stripping off on the eve of polling day in 2016 (pictured)

In 2017 his second wife Kirsten revealed they were living ‘separate lives’ and he had moved out of their Kent home.

‘Nigel is not a misogynist – he loves women, but he is an old-fashioned sexist’, a Brexit Party insider claimed.

‘There are women queuing up to meet him. Mainly it tends to be women of a certain age these days’.

Mr Farage is in Wales today for another Brexit Party rally, but will not be going to the pub afterwards having decided to get ‘off the beer’ for the sake of his health – but does have a glass of Rioja from time to time.

He’s also doing fitness work after long days of campaigning for UKIP in general and European elections with his second wife Kirsten saying that she feared his drinking, smoking and long working hours could make him seriously ill.

He told the Telegraph today: ‘I did myself a lot of damage but it helps if I do exercise little and often. It’s made a massive difference. I’m not going to the pub every day. I had enough of not feeling good. I was just not physically as fit as I need to be’.

Ministers now fear a bloodbath at the hands of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party next week when the country goes to the polls for European parliament elections that would not have taken place if the UK had left the EU on time.

A YouGov poll this week found that the Tories were on course to slump to fifth place behind the Greens in next week’s elections.

The survey for the Times put the Brexit Party on 34 points, well ahead of Labour on 16, the Liberal Democrats on 15 and the Greens on 11. The poll put Tory support on just 10 per cent.

After his second marriage ended two years ago, Mr Farage said he was ‘separated and skint’.

He has used his own cash built up from lucrative speaking tours in America in what he called the ‘start-up phase’ of the Brexit Party before securing huge donations from disillusioned Brexiteers.

Mr Farage, whose new party is set to give the Tories and Labour a bruising on May 23, has been in a relationship with 39-year-old French former waitress Laure Ferrari (pictured), 'for around a decade', according to the Telegraph

Mr Farage, whose new party is set to give the Tories and Labour a bruising on May 23, has been in a relationship with 39-year-old French former waitress Laure Ferrari (pictured), ‘for around a decade’, according to the Telegraph

 

Kirsten Farage, the second wife of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, leaves the family home at Downe, Kent, after they officially split in 2017

Kirsten Farage, the second wife of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, leaves the family home at Downe, Kent, after they officially split in 2017

Financier Jeremy Hosking, 60, a former Tory donor who owns a major share of Crystal Palace Football Club, said he has given £200,000 over the past two to three weeks.

Mr Farage has said the party had already raised ‘well over’ £2million to fight the European contests, with 90 per cent of it from some 88,000 people paying a £25 fee to become registered supporters. 

Away from work he has found love with Laure Ferrari, who once branded English women ‘drunken tarts’ in an email to a woman previously named as Mr Farage’s mistress.

Miss Ferrari began working for Mr Farage and fellow Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom after meeting them in the Strasbourg restaurant where she waited tables in 2007.

Describing the meeting she said: ‘I met these two MEPs and we started talking about politics. The two Brits have no hierarchy and neither of them comes from a political background.’

In June 2013, Miss Ferrari posted on Twitter a link to a newspaper feature asking ‘Why do more women want to bed Nigel Farage over David Cameron?’ 

Miss Ferrari spoke alongside UKIP politicians and other Brexit campaigners at public events in Dorset and Norfolk ahead of the 2016 EU referendum and has moved in with Mr Farage.

In 2017 he described himself as ‘separated and skint’  as he walked away from his marriage to second wife Kirsten. They have two children.

Mrs Farage admitted at the time they have been living separate lives ‘for years’ and ‘that suits everyone’. Mr Farage remained silent but a month earlier, when asked about the state of his marriage, he replied: ‘We get by and bumble along, like most people.’ 

In 2014 he was accused of having had an affair with Annabelle Fuller, then 32, one of his spin doctors. 

According to the Mirror,  Mrs Farage confronted her at a UKIP election party and allegedly told her: ‘I will have security drag you out by your hair if you don’t leave’.

Both Farage and Fuller have vehemently denied any affair.

Farage married German-born Kirsten Mehr in 1999 after his divorce from first wife, Gráinne Hayes, an Irish nurse and the mother of his eldest two children. 

They met after he had serious car accident at the age of 21 because Ms Hayes was the nurse who treated him in hospital for months where he was in traction and unable to have a bath.

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Nigel Farage Legs It From An Accident, Whilst Campaigning To Leave The EU …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 12/05/2019

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FARAGEY-BARGY

Nigel Farage ‘legs it’ after his driver crashed with Jag carrying 13-month-old toddler in Kent

The Brexit Party boss said he checked nobody was hurt before leaving

NIGEL Farage legged it after his chauffeur-driven 4×4 crashed head-on with a Jag carrying a toddler, it was claimed last night.

Pub landlord Patrick Tranter says son George, 13 months, was badly shaken by the Kent smas

Pub landlord Patrick Tranter says son George, 13 months, was badly shaken by the Kent smash involving Nigel Farage’s chauffeur-driven 4X4

He said of Brexit Party boss Farage, 55: “He didn’t even bother to see if we were OK.”

The pint-loving politician has now been banned from Mr Tranter’s pub amid the claims he walked away from the smash.

Furious Patrick Tranter, who needed hospital treatment, told The Sun: “He lives two miles away and loves a pint, but he won’t get one from me. Man of the people, my arse. As far as I’m concerned he’s barred.”

Last night Mr Farage insisted he checked nobody was hurt and claimed Patrick was abusive. He said he had visited the George and Dragon in Westerham, Kent, in the past but added: “If I’m banned, then it’s not too terrible is it?”

Patrick, 38, had dropped off his wife at the station and was driving home when his vintage Jag collided head-on with Mr Farage’s chauffeur-driven Range Rover on Thursday morning.

Son George, 13 months, was in his seat in the back. He was also rushed to hospital.

SCREAMING TODDLER

Patrick said: “We crashed  with an enormous bang. Farage could not possibly have failed to hear George screaming. I ran out to see if my little boy was OK.

“Farage stepped out of the Range Rover, collected his bag from the boot and walked off.

“He didn’t have the common decency to see if we were OK, and never even looked back.

“God knows where (he went) as it was a country lane. He just vanished. I turned around and asked one of his people, ‘Is that Farage?’ and she said yes.

“It would be pure speculation to guess how fast his car was going but it is his response which has really p***ed me off.

“His driver Dean Chapman confirmed it was him but I was dumbfounded by his behaviour. Who does he think he is?”

Patrick says his 1986 Jaguar Series 3 Sovereign was written off in the smash in Titsey at 9.30am.

Ex-Ukip leader Mr Farage, the driver and another  passenger escaped injury because their motor had airbags.

He continued with campaigning for his Brexit Party ahead of the European elections.

Pint-loving politician Nigel Farage has been banned from Mr Tranter’s pub — just two miles from his home — amid claims he walked away from the smash
Damage to the front of the Range Rover that Nigel Farage was being driven in
Where the smash happened in Westerham, Kent

Later he clashed with Change UK’s Anna Soubry on BBC TV’s Question Time in Northampton.

Patrick did not vote in the 2016 EU referendum and said he would not dream of backing Mr Farage’s new party.

He added: “If he’d asked how I was he would have recognised me.

“I worked with his daughter Victoria at a wedding a year ago.

“The cars crashed with so much force that my car was pushed back into the bushes on the other side of the road.

“His driver was really courteous and waited by our car. He called the police and ambulance too.”

‘THE OTHER DRIVER WAS ABUSIVE’

Patrick and George — described as distressed by the ambulance service — were taken to Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington. Patrick had neck and shoulder injuries and possible whiplash.

Mr Farage said last night: “The driver of the other car was abusive. He was swearing very loudly and after accidents people do all sorts of things. It was a pretty full-on smash and I understand why people can be a bit shocked.

“Once I had ascertained that everyone was OK I made discreet withdrawal from the situation.

“I didn’t think that me, with a rather a well-known face, going into that situation would have helped anything or anybody.

“Had anybody been hurt I would have stayed and waited for the ambulance.

“I just thought there was nothing to be added by me talking to him.

“I didn’t hear his child screaming so I walked up the road.”

Mr Farage said he had drunk at Patrick’s pub but wouldn’t be back.

Police are not investigating any offences relating to the accident.

A TORY Party backer, Crystal Palace and Flybe investor Jeremy Hoskins, has switched his allegiance and donated £200,000 to the Brexit Party.

Police at the scene of the smash near Westerham in Kent – but cops say they are not investigating any offences
Mr Farage said: ‘Once I had ascertained that everyone was OK I made discreet withdrawal from the situation’
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Farage’s Son of Ukip Cult Seems To Have The Same Morals & Ethics As Its Odious Forerunner …

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it seems Farage’s inability to cope with details, racism and factual inexactitude follows him wherever he goes. As the article below shows!

In reality The BreXit Party is yet again a Farage Cult, with many of the same followers however in view of the lies and betrayal that have been emmanating from Parliament many people, like myself, will find that subsequent to Parliament’s betrayal of the electorate, its own promises and the manifestly self serving behaviour of the proven majority in the House of Commons – we are left with no choice, at the moment, but to hold our noses and inspite of Nigel Farage and some of his cult followers we shall vote for the BreXit Party, on matters pertaining to the EU.

Brexit Party figures who left over offensive posts are still directors

Catherine Blaiklock and Michael McGough.
Catherine Blaiklock and Michael McGough. Composite: Getty/Alamy

Two senior members of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party who left their roles after the Guardian uncovered offensive social media messages they had sent are still directors of the organisation weeks after they had supposedly cut all ties, it has emerged.

Catherine Blaiklock, the first leader of the party, who resigned over a series of anti-Islam messages, and the former treasurer Michael McGough, who was ousted because of antisemitic and other offensive Facebook posts, are still listed as directors.

Blaiklock, who also retweeted far-right messages, including one from a former British National party activist referring to “white genocide”, also resigned as company secretary of the party soon after the posts emerged, six weeks ago. But despite that change being made to the Companies House register, she remains listed as a director.

McGough is also still a director. He was removed as treasurer a month ago after posting what the party called “unacceptable statements”. A party statement at the time said he would no longer have any role in the organisation.

The only other two directors are Farage and the new treasurer, Phillip Basey, a former Ukip activist.

In some messages, McGough referred to Ed and David Miliband and Peter Mandelson as having “shallow UK roots” or being “devoid of UK roots” – seen as a common antisemitic trope about Jewish people.

One post from 2017 called David Miliband the “son of an east European communist now milking it from a charity in New York and devoid of UK roots”.

Another message said: “The Miliband dudes and Mandelson have the shortest of roots. Transient folk they have no loyalty to the UK.” One reply by another user tells McGough he is on “slightly dangerous ground”. McGough replies: “True, but there is a valid point to be made even if it seems offensive. It is not dissimilar to Lord Tebbit’s cricket test.”

A post about Mandelson reads: “I resent being called racist by an old queen with shallow UK roots.”

Blaiklock sent offensive tweets that she later deleted, including one saying: “Islam = submission – mostly to raping men it seems.”

She also retweeted seven messages from the far-right activist Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. Farage left Ukip after its current leader, Gerard Batten, made Robinson an adviser.

Other tweets sent by Blaiklock included one that referred to Islam as “a non-democracy ideology that is incompatible with liberal democracy”. Another said of Islam that it was “perfectly rational to be phobic about people who want to kill you”.

Both Blaiklock and McGough were longtime former Ukip members, and moved to the Brexit party with Farage. Their departures marked a tricky launch for the party, which has since rebounded spectacularly, and is leading in the polls for the European elections.

The Brexit party was approached for comment but did not respond.

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Having crashed his old bus Farage has a new one for his new cash cow – The BreXit Party …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 19/04/2019

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what is the ‘Exit & Survival Strategy’ this time Farage or is it same old same old froth & folly like the last part you destroyed for lack of vision?

Brexit: a different bus

Richard North, 19/04/2019


As we all struggle to find solutions to Brexit, it is rather ironic – the extent of being bizarre – that so many should be turning to a man who bears much of the responsibility for the current mess.

The best chance of there ever being a smooth Brexit – however forlorn the hope might have been – rested not on the referendum campaign (or its immediate aftermath) but in the years leading up to it. Long before it got to a vote, the Eurosceptic movement needed to have agreed what we were, at the turn of the century, calling an “exit and survival plan”.

As the leader of the then only dedicated anti-EU party, Nigel Farage was perhaps the only man who could have fostered the development of a plan and united the disparate factions behind it. Instead, he blocked any progress in that direction and settled on a strategy based on building a base of MPs in Westminster, with himself at the head.

His idea was that the pressure exerted by Ukip MPs would create such stresses in the Parliamentary Conservative Party that it would split. The larger number, he believed, would join Ukip, building a majority that could form a government to take us out of the EU.

In this fantasy, there was no need for an exit plan. His new government would have the civil service, which would do as instructed and work up the detail. All Farage’s party had to do was win enough elections and the problem was solved.

Well, we all know how that worked out. Despite multiple attempts, Farage never got near winning a seat in the Commons, much less populating the green seats with his own. He didn’t even manage to keep control of his own party, allowing it to be seized from him, ending up in the hands of the dire Gerard Batten. Its record 24 MEPs dwindling to a mere four.

Now the resurgent demagogue has created a new party, over which he has almost total control, untroubled by such inconvenient things as a democracy. And yet, Lewis Goodhall, the political correspondent for Sky News, describes him as a man who “cannot be faulted for his appreciation of strategy”.

Despite that, the “electric” Mr Farage is a one-trick pony, capable of delivering only a single core speech. With its variations, it may be enough to impress the untutored but, after the third or fourth time of hearing, the underlying emptiness becomes all too apparent. And, as a man whose appreciation of strategy can’t be faulted, he opposed a referendum. His strategy, and everything else he touches beyond personal enrichment, has been an unremitting failure.

Currently, he favours a no-deal Brexit – another example of his strategic acumen (not). Presumably, he believes that his latest strategy of “winning” an unnecessary and irrelevant election is a way to exert pressure on Mrs May to achieve that end. Once again, we see the limits of his thinking, where his only game is to force the Conservatives into taking action, to uncertain effect.

If that was the whole extent of our options, we would be in far more serious trouble than we could possibly imagine. But if there is salvation to be had, it is more likely to lie in a careful study of our situation and in an evaluation of the broader options.

Bringing it down to its basics, the essence of our problem, I would aver, is that the Brexit process is beyond the capacity of our political system to implement, and it has neither the desire nor the incentive to seek enduring solutions. The logical response to that – or, at least, the first element – might be to break the process down into bite-sized chunks that the system can handle, or to hand the job over to bodies which are better equipped to perform the functions involved in the process.

Working along those lines, it seems reasonable to argue that, if the majority of MPs (and much of government) do not have the capacity to evaluate the merits of competing Brexit plans, or even work out whether any particular plan will satisfy stated objectives, it is pointless offering the collective any plans to study.

By avoiding this trap, we would be accepting that parliament is not a planning body and neither is it capable of evaluating plans. We would thus cease to expect it to do things for which it was not designed, and for which it is manifestly not capable. By the same token, asking for indicative votes seems an obvious waste of time.

In the past, we used to refer the evaluation of public policy to such bodies as Royal Commissions. Commissions, in particular, could examine topics for some years, gathering evidence and assessing various alternatives, before coming up with detailed recommendations to guide governments in the choices they made.

Yet, despite the importance of Brexit, and the hugely damaging consequences of getting it wrong, I do not recall seeing any formal inquiry of any great weight, that has assessed our options and made recommendations. To a very great extent, our government and public institutions – and the rest of us – are flying blind.

Such is the complexity of the Brexit process that, in an earlier piece, I suggested that, before we went any further with the EU, we needed a series of scoping meetings. These would enable us to decide what is possible to achieve from our negotiations on a future relationship.

Before we even get there, though, we need as a nation to decide where we want to go. That decision `must be informed by factual analysis and a clear understanding of what is actually possible, together with an appreciation of what our negotiating partners might accept.

Even now, that in itself might be too much to ask of a divided nation that has not fully come to terms with the prospect of leaving. As long as we have active campaigns aimed at reversing the referendum result, it seems hardly likely that we can get down to the task of discussing the best way to leave.

That, it would seem, is the heart of the problem. It isn’t just the establishment which isn’t up to the job. We have an unfocused nation which is not only too easily distracted from the task at hand – mainly because it hasn’t fully decided that this is a task it wants to undertake.

To resolve this, there are those who still hanker after another referendum. But it would be wrong to assert that we are, as a nation, any better informed about Brexit than we were during the last referendum campaign.

Where we can seriously entertain a discussion about the value of a customs union in facilitating frictionless trade, all we have is evidence of monumental ignorance. Those who want a re-run on the basis that we now know more about the issue clearly haven’t been following the debate for the past three years. If we are to be judged as incapable of reaching a knowledge-based decision in June 2016, we are no better equipped now.

On the other hand, a general election is no more suitable a platform for a national debate than is a referendum – and it would be an abuse of process. General elections are for choosing our governments, not for settling contentious issues. For that, supposedly, we have referendums – we are back full circle.

Therefore, I begin to warm to the idea of putting the Brexit process “on hold”, in order to refer it to an independent review body such as a Royal Commission. And since six months would hardly be enough time for it to conclude its work, we would also need to ask the EU for extra time.

One important limitation of this idea, though, relates to the composition of the inquiry body. The great and the good who would normally comprise the panel are, in the main, the very people who have made such a hash of the process so far. And if the panel took evidence from the same “prestigious” witnesses that have polluted select committees and the like, we would be no further forward, no matter how long it was given to perform its task.

On that basis, the idea of an independent inquiry begins to look considerably less attractive, which means that we might have to look elsewhere for our solutions. But, actually, we may not have to look too far. Breaking out of the box, we could be thinking not of one inquiry body but two. One would shadow the other, each with slightly different terms of reference and composition. If one explored the arguments, the other might deliberately set out to challenge received wisdom.

This was the stratagem recommended by Irving Janis in his book on groupthink, where the creation of competing (or complementary) bodies to examine the same issues reduced the danger of a single mindset emerging and remaining unchallenged. Such a multiple-group structure was, apparently, used by the Truman administration in developing the Marshall Plan, so it is hardly a new or untried idea.

To those who would cavil at the extra time this would take, we could offer the aphorism that, if you act in haste you will repent at leisure. There cannot be any rational objection to taking a few years to unravel a process which has taken the UK 47 years to develop.

As much to the point, almost exactly two years ago, I was writing of Alan S Milward and his book, The Rise and Fall of a National Strategy, 1945-63. The point which emerged from it was that governments in general find it difficult to change strategies quickly. Progressing from opposition to UK entanglement in European political integration to support for membership of the EEC took 18 years.

What we are now seeing, I then wrote, is the inevitable consequence of a forced change, for which the government is unprepared, where the speed of change is beyond its ability to accommodate.

I would sooner give the government time to adjust, rather than lose the chance of Brexit altogether, or risk ending up with a bodged outcome which takes decades to repair. If Brexit is to succeed, the process must be properly informed and the issues must be fully discussed and understood, not just by our legislators but also by the public at large.

Effectively, we need a different bus with a better message. And if that takes a couple more years, it is worth the wait.

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Oliver Norgrove, a former Nigel Farage admirer and Vote Leave staffer, explains how Brexit broke itself on the back of ‘grotesque simplifications’.

Like so many others, my intertwining with Brexit began with Nigel Farage. I remember watching him in person and on YouTube as an 18-year-old, just as my political journey was starting to take shape.

What aided Farage most was his ability to articulate simple solutions to incredibly complex problems.

Mr Farage was the first political figure to really inspire me. I was energised and sprung into action by him in a way that nobody else has since managed. I considered him – and still do to this day – to be an extraordinary orator, and somebody who could not only make the case for Leaving, but in the process relate to the people he was talking to. He appeared to me a cultural outlier in elite circles, even if his educational and professional background suggested otherwise.

What aided Farage most was his ability to articulate simple solutions to incredibly complex problems. He became so good at it that many of his answers turned quite organically into slogans. This had a major effect on people like me, because not only was he able to paint a patriotic and optimistic vision for Brexit, he provided activists with memorable and easily deployed arguments for use in general debate.  

The Problem with Slogans

The fact that Mr Farage relied on short, sharp and simple responses made him appear intellectually infallible, even if what he said was suspect in terms of its content.

On some level, the boiled-down, simplification of the issues made me remarkably naive but absurdly over-confident in my approach to arguing for leaving the EU.

The arguments turned Brexit into a more easily digestible, every-day snapshot: ‘They need us more than we need them’ making an analogy to the German car industry analogy; ‘Even in the worst case scenario, we’d be better off than we are now’ with reference to a comparison of tariff schedules based on the ‘they sell us more than we sell them’ point.

On some level, the boiled-down, simplification of the issues made me remarkably naive but absurdly over-confident in my approach to arguing for leaving the EU.

Nigel Farage enjoys a pint in Shoreham, West Sussex during a walkabout ahead of the Brexit Party rally at Brighton City Airport.

But, as time and negotiations progressed, and as more of the technical details became apparent, I started to realise that so many Faragist predictions and pronouncements just weren’t materialising.

The more I learned, for instance, about the mechanics of trade and WTO law, the more I recognised the complete untruth in so much of what had been said.

GATT Article XXIV was not going to provide for a no deal transition. The economic forecasts, increased red tape burden and the response of many businesses to looming third country status prove that we wouldn’t be better off in the worst case scenario than we are now. Most UK trade was not conducted under solely WTO rules. And there was no such thing as a ‘world trade deal’.

The Jaws of Reality

Brexit has been nothing if not an immense learning curve.

Pretty uniquely in the Brexit debate, I have experienced a good flavour of three distinct divisions within the Leave movement: UKIP, Vote Leave and the assorted ‘Liberal Leave’ campaigns, all of which unite around protecting our membership of the single market. I believe that this has enriched my analytical perspective on many of the issues surrounding the UK’s EU withdrawal.

Farage’s grotesque simplifications… and the almost religious evasion of detail were never going to prepare us for our departure.

The outright lies and failure to deal adequately with policy details will go down in history as the Leave side’s most prominent sore. Leaving the European Union is a mammoth legal, technical and constitutional task which cannot be orchestrated according to the whims of the political sloganeering we saw in the 2016 referendum. The jaws of reality, it turns out, cannot be avoided indefinitely.

To some extent, I should have had greater foresight and viewed the withdrawal issues through a more critical lens. But then again, this could be said of almost anybody invested in Brexit. Farage’s grotesque simplifications, parroted by individuals uninterested in complexity, and the almost religious evasion of detail were never going to prepare us for our departure. It is here where history will truly judge him.

With last week’s launch of the new Brexit Party, Nigel Farage has set about re-packaging the core of Brexit support. He says he wants to bring back trust to the political climate, changing our politics ‘for good’. I say he should start with a small measure of self-reflection. He should start by fixing himself.

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