The United Kingdom Independence Party had one aim: to get the UK out of the European Union. The Brexit referendum means that the United Kingdom will indeed withdraw from the EU. Despite UKIP being formed as a single issue party it developed policies on all sorts of issues. UKIP should not disappear now since it needs to ensure that the government honours its vow and brings the UK out of the European Union.
There is much debate about the sort of Brexit that should be implemented. UKIP people tend to feel stronger on this subject than most. They would plump for a hard Brexit. Many other Leave voters would tend to want a soft Brexit. There is not a binary choice of course. There is no precise definition of soft or hard Brexit.
However, once Brexit is complete then UKIP should consider its future. It was founded by people who were deeply anxious about excessive EU integration. Indeed the very foundation of the EU troubled them. Some of them had been in favour of the EEC but then that transmogrified into the EU. Those who founded this party did not seek elected office for themselves. The party was miniscule and penniless. By sheer drive and grit they may something happen that most thought was utterly impossible.
Farage said he thought he could rely on Tories, Labour and Lib Dem people to prevent the EU going so wrong. He is a former Conservative Party member himself. Once the UK is out of the EU is it back to the status quo ante?
In token of UKIP’s disinterested patriotism it might be right for the party to cease to exist once its service has been performed. It existed chiefly to bring about British independence.
UKIP has a certain brand. It has an identity around right wing libertarian policies. There may be scope for such a party to continue. However, having accomplished its principal goal it might be time for UKIP to fold. UKIP members can join mainstream parties and bring their influence to bear on Labour, the Lib Dem and the Conservatives. Among Labour people there is deep antipathy towards UKIP. Labour’s bigtory probably reflects their fury at UKIP courting many working class Labour voters with evident success.
I am inclined to say that once Brexit is achieved in about three years UKIP should break up. I concur with its policies more than with any other party. Yet I am unsure. I shall have to keep my opinion under review.