Mr Farage currently leads the Brexit Party, which has stormed ahead in the polls for the European Parliament elections, just weeks after its inception. He has accused MPs of “betraying” the result of the 2016 referendum by frustrating Brexit and is pushing to leave the bloc with no deal as soon as possible. Arron Banks, a Ukip donor who bankrolled Mr Farage’s campaign to leave the EU, described the moment Mr Farage vowed to win the referendum in his 2017 book ‘The Bad Boys of Brexit’.
It was after the 2015 General Election and Mr Farage, who was Ukip leader at the time, had failed to win a seat despite a huge swing in South Thanet.
However, the Conservatives’ unexpected majority meant that Prime Minister David Cameron would have to make good on his promise to hold a referendum on EU membership
Mr Banks persuaded Mr Farage to take a break and go to Belize on holiday with him and his associate Andy Wigmore.
He explained how he used a “work-related lure” of setting up a meeting with Lord Michael Ashcroft, a British-Belizean businessman and former Conservative Party deputy chairman.
He said: “Nigel is a workhorse and it was quite an effort to persuade him he deserves a break.”
A few days into the trip, the pair took a small plane to San Pedro, a picturesque fishing town on the southern part of Ambergris Caye where they were meeting Lord Ashcroft.
They all went to breakfast, where Lord Ashcroft grilled Mr Banks about his Ukip donation, calling it a “waste of money”.
After the main course and a “fair few” Belkin beers, he asked Mr Farage: “So what are you going to do next?”
It was then that Mr Farage vowed: “I’m going to win the referendum.”
After the holiday, Mr Farage set to work to fulfil his promise, and was a key figure in the pro-Brexit campaign in the run up to 2016 referendum.
Then, on June 23, 52 percent of voters voted to leave the EU and Mr Farage, delighted by the result, said in a televised speech the morning after: “Let June 23 go down in history as our Independence Day.”
He has since supported the organisation Leave Means Leave and, after condemning Ukip’s new leader Gerard Batten, he formed his new party – the Brexit Party.
The Brexit Party are currently leading in the polls for the European elections.
The latest figures put them on 30 percent, with Labour on 21 percent and the Tories trailing behind on 12 percent.
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