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How Nigel Farage became leader of the Conservative Party

As Britain leaves Europe the former Ukip leader is practically dictating government policy

By Andrew Adonis & Will Hutton  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

It was “common sense” for Britain to stay in Europe, Margaret Thatcher declared, launching the 1975 Conservative “Yes to Europe” campaign wearing her famous “Yes to Europe” jumper.

“It seems to me,” she said, “to display an amazing lack of self-confidence in Britain … to think that, when no other nation in the Community has lost its national character, Britain in some way will.”

But the seeds of her later bitter hatred of the EU were evident even in these early days—she was, for instance, sympathetic…

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