Nigel Farage discusses whether he will return to politics
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Nigel Farage revealed that he has not irreversibly closed the door on a return to politics despite his stance and his ‘gut instinct tells him not to’. Mr Farage laid into Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party for their inability to “get a grip” of migrant Channel crossings between Calais and Dover. Only this month has seen the staggering arrival of more than 1,000 people in a single day, which set a new British record.
Mr Farage’s announcement that he could ultimately be tempted back should things keep getting out of hand has set the alarm bells ringing for Mr Johnson with a view to the next general election.
The former Brexit Party head told GB News that he is being ‘bombarded’ on a daily basis with emails of people requesting him to return to tackle the illegal immigration.
He said: “I did politics for 25 years and I did help achieve a very major historic change in terms of us leaving the European Union.
“My gut instinct is absolutely not to get back into politics, but I do have to reserve the right, [not least if] this was to turn into a national emergency by this time next year or earlier.
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“I reserve the right if nobody within the Conservative Party frankly got the backbone, the courage, or the will to tackle this issue, then I am never gonna say never.”
But the Brexit-backing politician, who stepped down as leader of Reform UK and political activity in March, urged people not to get ahead of themselves as his heart is currently not set on a return.
He added: “It is not what I want to do, absolutely not. That chapter of my life, taking on the entirety of the British establishment, it’s not an easy thing to do.
“But I never say never, because who is to say how bad this gets?
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“I don’t want to but if I am absolutely forced to, then I may well.”
But a dramatic return would not raise any eyebrows as Mr Farage has a history of going back on his word and performing U-turns.
In an interview with The Telegraph in March, he announced that he was consigning politics to the past for good.
He told after stepping down at that time: “I know I’ve come back once or twice when people thought I’d gone, but this is it. It’s done. It’s over.”
“Party politics, campaigning, being involved in elections, that is now over for me because I’ve achieved the one thing I set out to do: to achieve the independence of the UK.”
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“There is no going back – Brexit is done. That won’t be reversed.”
A number of migrants crossing the English Channel on small boats seek asylum once they arrive in England in the hope of being granted refugee status which allows them to settle down legally for at least five years.
To do so they must show that they cannot return to their home country for fear of being prosecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
A boat can only be instructed to go back if it won’t put lives at risks. Most of the asylum seeks come from Iran, Iraq, and Albania and current figures estimate that nearly 25,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel from France this year.
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