What is next for UKIP? They ultimately succeeded in their political goal, something that is very rare in this day and age. That's the problem with creating a party to achieve one thing, once it's been achieved where do you go from there? They have just elected a new leader, who I doubt many people have heard of, and who has a tough act to follow. Just like Corbyn, Diane James will need to unite her party, a lot harder once you have removed the one thing that united them all - leaving the EU. Her threat to Theresa May about UKIP becoming the opposition, shows she has big ambitions. However, this may not be too hard to achieve with Labour set to be in the political wilderness for a generation. Diane needs to take advantage of a divisive Labour party, and attract the key voters she needs to become the opposition. Although, after Corbyn finally showed he had some leadership qualities during PMQ's this week, this may be a race to see who can unite their parties the fastest in order to challenge the Tories (assuming Corbyn wins his leadership election)
But what next for Nigel...
I feel that Nigel is never too far away, he craves the limelight, and will be steering the party from the shadows, ready to come back as leader the moment he feels the Brexit negotiations aren't going his way. He believes he is the spokesperson and representative for the 52% who voted to leave, and perhaps they will want their leader back to pressure the government in making sure Brexit truly means Brexit.
Diane James has been elected as the new leader of the UK Independence Party. Ms James had been regarded as the favourite to succeed Nigel Farage, who quit as leader following the UK's vote to leave the EU. The MEP for South East England won with 8,451 votes. Her nearest rival, Lisa Duffy, received 4,591. Speaking about Brexit, Ms James warned "we have only just won a heat" in a "28-member state Olympic competition to leave the European Union". "The threats to the referendum outcome are increasing by the day," she said, adding she would reject "Brexit-lite".