After expending ample time and effort pushing for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, Brexit leader Nigel Farage appears to have become disillusioned with the movement he championed.
During a recent interview, he slammed the bureaucrats and self-entitled politicians who have taken control of Britain since it gained independence from the EU for squandering Brexit’s potential.
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Of course, he stopped well short of suggesting that the pre-Brexit status quo would have been any better, using the opportunity to offer an unflattering view of EU leaders based in Belgium.
“What Brexit has proved, I’m afraid, is that our politicians are about as useless as the commissioners in Brussels were,” Farage declared. “We’ve mismanaged this totally.”
Instead of leveraging Britain’s newfound independence to welcome new investments, he said that government intervention and tax hikes “are driving business away from our country.”
In fact, he concluded that the so-called Conservative Party has implemented post-Brexit policies that are “regulating our own businesses even more than they were as EU members.”
Acknowledging that “Brexit has failed” thus far to bring about the promised changes, he added: “We’ve not delivered on borders, we’ve not delivered on Brexit, and the Tories have let us down very, very badly.”
Although Brexit has lost some of its support amid the issues Farage detailed in the recent BBC interview, not everyone in the Conservative Party is willing to cosign his belief that the movement has failed.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, for example, reacted to the remarks by defending the EU withdrawal.
“The prime minister has talked about the benefits of Brexit on a number of occasions,” the source confirmed.
Furthermore, the spokesperson reiterated Sunak’s desire to “ensure that the U.K. remains a business-friendly country to invest in.”
Even leaders in the leftist Labour Party have declined to campaign on promises to realign with the EU if their party emerges victorious in next year’s elections.
Although the U.K. has experienced slower post-COVID growth than other European nations, economists indicate that Brexit is only one of a number of contributing factors to its lackluster recovery.