Anti-EU UKIP leader Nigel Farage calls for 'Brexit government'

Nigel Farage speaks at a press conference near the Houses of Parliament in central London, on June 24, 2016.
Nigel Farage speaks at a press conference near the Houses of Parliament in central London, on June 24, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Mr Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European Union United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), said on Friday (June 24) that Britain should now have a "Brexit government" after it voted to leave the European Union.

"We now need a Brexit government," he told reporters outside Parliament. "We've left behind a failing political union."

His remarks came shortly before Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the failed Remain campaign, announced he would resign, saying a new leader should be installed by early October.

"There is still a massive disconnect between Westminster, SW1 and real communities," Mr Farage said, reiterating a central message of his referendum campaign.

 

"The election was won in my view in the Midlands and the North and it was the old Labour vote that came to us and we, particularly as a party, campaigned as hard as we could in those areas," he said.

"The EU is failing, the EU is dying, I hope that we've got the first brick out of the wall," he said.

As results were still coming in earlier on Friday, Mr Farage told a jubilant Leave party in central London: "This will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people."

"We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit," he said.

"And we will have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired, we'd have done it by damned hard work on the ground," he added.