For years, the Establishment mocked and ignored the Ukip leader, but he is the man who put Britain's withdrawal from the EU on the agenda. His party, once dismissed by Michael Howard as a collection of "cranks and political gadflies", forced the Prime Minister to call the referendum.
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And when the referendum came, David Cameron told us we had a choice between his Britain and Nigel Farage's. Britain chose Mr Farage's vision.
The result has ensured David Cameron will go down in the history books as the Prime Minister who failed to take voters with him on the future of their country, with over 17.4 million people rejecting him by choosing Leave. He was once feted for winning last year's general election, but that victory - with 11.3 million voting for him - has been dwarfed by this defeat.
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By contrast, Nigel Farage will be remembered as the man the British people chose to follow. His entire political career has led up to what he calls "our independence day".
The Brexit vote is even more remarkable for Mr Farage as his enemies gambled on his image being toxic enough to ensure voters recoiled from the prospect of leaving the EU. They sought to place him front and center in voters' minds, asking them to reject the offer of "Farage's Britain" and making sure they were aware of every controversial utterance or poster he had made.
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A variety of polls suggested this could work, as they found he tended to put off more voters than he attracted. This led me to describe him as a "bomb" that could "blow up in the Leave campaign's face", but Mr Farage refused to give the Remain campaign that pleasure. The Ukip leader stuck doggedly to spreading the Brexit message around the country.
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