Nigel Farage Promises Return As UKIP Leader If May's "Brexit Betrayal Isn't Reversed"

Nigel Farage, who two years ago exited from UK politics, pledged to return to campaigning over Brexit once interim UKIP leader Gerard Batten reaches the end of his term in March. The traditionally outspoken Farage blasted Prime Minister Theresa May as she fights off a rebellion from within the conservative party following the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis.

The former trader dedicated his political career to pulling Britain out of the EU, and still serves as an member of the European Parliament for South East England. The ex-UKIP leader - who was one of the architects of Brexit, having been a leading voice in the campaign to leave - blasted the PM as “awful” and warned the “latest  Brexit betrayal must be reversed”.

Earlier today he congratulated former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson for his decision to quit May's cabinet.

In a follow up tweet, Farage said that "unless Brexit is back on track by March 2019, I will seriously consider putting my name forward to return as @UKIP leader. The will of 17.4m voters must be carried out."

To some, Farage's bluster comes far too late: UKIP have no MPs, and won just 1.8% of the vote at the last election – down by nearly 11% from 2015.

That has not dented Farag's spirit who said: "I can assure any Conservatives listening to this, sitting in marginal seats, who are not prepared to stand up and honour the wishes of the electorate, I will make damn sure in that situation that you all lose your seats... Because there are millions of Conservative voters very unhappy indeed."

Previously Farage served as UKIP leader between 2006 and 2009, and returned to the job between 2010 and 2016. In September and October 2016 the 54-year-old took up the reins for a third time after Diane James's surprise resignation after 18 days as leader.

Farage's announcement comes amid a day of chaos in the Cabinet as the PM faced Boris Johnson and David Davis resigning over her stance on Brexit.

Farage also penned a Telegraph Op-ed on the topic, which can be read here.

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