2017 could see bigger upheaval than 2016's Brexit and Trump, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall says

Paul Nuttall said the ‘liberal establishment’ had taken a blow

Jon Stone
Political Correspondent
Saturday 31 December 2016 17:38
Mr Nuttall urged the Government to use the ‘momentous’ referendum result to boost prosperity in Britain
Mr Nuttall urged the Government to use the ‘momentous’ referendum result to boost prosperity in Britain

The coming year could bring “even bigger” political upheaval than 2016, Ukip’s leader has predicted.

Paul Nuttall said “ordinary people” had “kicked back against the liberal establishment” this year.

He called for the Government to implement a Brexit where no fee was paid to the EU, where border controls were introduced, and where legislation was made at Westminster.

In his New Year message, Mr Nuttall said: “It’s been a year when the ordinary people, the little people, have kicked back against the liberal Establishment that’s ruled over their lives for so many years.

“Working class communities in this country went out in their droves and voted for Brexit. The Rust Belt in the United States voted en masse for Donald Trump.

“If you think 2016 has been a year of upheaval, 2017 could be even bigger.”

The leader, who replaced Diane James and Nigel Farage after an internal contest urged the Government to use the “momentous” referendum result to boost prosperity in Britain.

“That is a Brexit whereby we control our own borders, it’s a Brexit whereby we make the legislation at Westminster, it’s a Brexit whereby we don’t pay a membership fee into the European Union,” he said.

Mr Farage remain Ukip’s group leader in the European Parliament.

Mr Nuttall’s party faces an investigation by the Electoral Commission after allegations by European Parliament authorities that it misspent taxpayer cash The party says it is the subject of a witch-hunt and denies any wrongdoing.

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