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Nigel Farage has quit politics. But his impact on the Tories will be long-lasting

The former Ukip and Brexit Party leader has transformed the Conservative Party—despite never being elected an MP

By Rachel Sylvester  

Photo: Mark Thomas / Alamy Stock Photo

Nigel Farage may be resigning—yet again—as the leader of his party, but he is still the most successful UK politician who has never been elected to the House of Commons. He is not so much stepping down as declaring himself redundant because his job has become obsolete. Not only has he achieved his lifelong ambition of getting the UK out of the EU, but his values have also been completely absorbed by the Conservatives.

The Tory party is now the Brexit Party and the UK Independence Party rolled into one, led like them by a populist with a…

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