Kassam in Asia Times: Brexit Needs UKIP

Britain’s political-party conference season draws to a close this week, with highlights including Prime Minister Theresa May’s “Dancing Queen” stage entrance, as well as would-be Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson again stopping short of making a direct leadership bid against her.

Another consideration over the past month – Britain’s most insularly active political period – is the fate of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), otherwise known as the organization that gave the world Brexit.

For more than 25 years the party has withstood all manner of difficulties, including but not limited to: mockery, irrelevance, a lack of money, being ignored by the media, security concerns, infiltration attempts, and of course the kicker – that no one believed its raison d’être, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, was ever a serious possibility.