Make no mistake, this is the Brexit General Election.
Over the course of the next four weeks, the battle lines forged by the EU referendum will be central to the campaign. No other issue has a chance of distracting the electorate.
The Tories will win a huge majority as the only option the public can vote for, with a leadership that outwardly supports Brexit, in a position to form a stable Government.
With the Remain side building cross-party alliances to create some sort of opposition, UKIP has a clear role to play in reinforcing the Leave representation in Parliament.
I encouraged Paul to launch a ‘Country before Party’ campaign whereby UKIP would only put up candidates against Remain voting MPs, while not standing against MPs that had the courage to support Brexit.
I hope UKIP voters will support them at this election whichever party they come from.
Such a selfless act for the benefit of the nation would have been guaranteed to reward UKIP in the longer term.
This isn’t really a normal general election. It is a second referendum on Brexit.
Instead, the UKIP leadership launched the campaign with a press conference on the Muslim issues facing this country.
Make no mistake there is a major Islamic problem in the UK which needs to be addressed but this election is all about delivering Brexit and the most effective way to achieve that.
Within a day of announcing their new policy, UKIP’s poll rating dropped from 11 to 6 percent as Tory-leaning UKIP voters rightly concluded this is about delivering Brexit and the other issues just don’t matter in this election.
Today’s local election results show that.
If we use the analogy of UKIP as a racing car, Nigel was a skilled driver who drove the car around the track faster and faster, knowing when to take risks, delighting the audience.
The current leadership has crashed the car, at the first bend of the race, into the crowd, killing the driver and spectators.
As one of the Leave.EU team said to me: a strategic bullet to the back of the head.
It’s a sorry state of affairs.
I said in an interview with Lucy Fisher of The Times at the beginning of the referendum campaign that this would completely re-draw the boundaries of UK politics and some unexpected things would occur along the way.
I wasn’t wrong.
Under Nigel’s leadership UKIP won a national vote at the 2014 EU Parliament elections before forcing the Tories into adopting an EU referendum as a manifesto pledge, enabling it to win a majority for the first time in decades.
The referendum result destroyed Cameron’s political career and now seems to be leading to the destruction of the Labour Party as an electoral force, in a slow painful car crash.
Arguably, UKIP under Nigel was the most successful political party ever. He can say he destroyed Cameron, Osborne, Corbyn, Clegg and the Labour Party.
He re-drew the political map of the country in his image. No other politician in the last 50 years could claim that.
He was so successful that Mrs May has positioned herself as a champion of Brexit, the downtrodden JAMs, grammar schools, and controlled immigration. It turns out these policies were wildly popular after all. Take another bow Nigel!
The referendum has changed the face of British politics for a generation.
Nigel is increasingly viewed as a pivotal figure in getting Donald Trump to the White House. UKIP’s strong anti-establishment line was perfectly suited to an American workforce sick to death of being sold out by the elites. Nigel and UKIP showed them how to articulate that message.
His message; that if the little people, the decent people stood together, we can achieve anything, resonated with the public.
In this Brexit election, voters should use their power wisely and vote for the most viable candidate in the election. UKIP under the current leadership, without positive radical policies, is finished as an electoral force.
Across the channel, the French Presidential election has redrawn the political map with none of the major parties in the run off vote.
The election will determine if France fights back or continues the path of decline.
I suspect Macron will narrowly win and continue the mass immigration policies that have been so damaging. The French will have to suffer for longer.
Finally, the Conservatives will win a massive majority and we will see if they actually follow through on the Brexit promises or not. History suggests fine words but no action.
Unless the Tories get immigration under control their support will come under pressure.
We have been working hard on the new movement with radical policies and direct democracy.
It will launch in the autumn after the General Election, once the electoral map has been redrawn.
Watch this space!
Co-founder of Leave.EU