For me, it was the culmination of more than 20 years of hard work that began fighting alongside Sir Jimmy Goldsmith to keep the pound and finished with Nigel Farage battling to deliver Brexit through his work with UKIP and the inspired formation of the Brexit Party. We successfully saved the pound and, with a couple of important caveats, we will have a Brexit that was worth fighting for. Boris Johnson’s deal is not perfect, Barnier and Macron’s backing should ring alarm bells for any Brexiteer!
However, Nigel and the Brexit Party extracted a promise from Boris that the transition period would not be extended and our final destination would be one of freedom and independence.
Before I was elected as an MEP, my opinion of the European Union was that it was a sclerotic, authoritarian nightmare that only served to drag the UK down.
After 7 months in office, I can confirm that I was far too kind – it is an outdated protectionist racket.
Over my 45 years in business, from football clubs to farming, stockbroking to health centres, I have never encountered such waste and corruption.
Rupert Lowe waves goodbye to the EU for the final time
Britons celebrated Brexit Day across the country last night
As a member of the Budget Committee in the European Parliament, I frequently pointed out the hypocrisy and extravagant excess only to be met with insults and sneers.
I wouldn’t trust any of them to run a tuck shop never mind a multi-billion budget.
Tens of millions of Brits work hard, long hours and pay their taxes expecting to see better schools, roads and hospitals.
For too long we have sent hundreds of millions of pounds a week to these self-indulgent eurocrats who splurge the money on vanity projects and EU propaganda.
Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night to mark Brexit Day
Since Boris Johnson’s election win the mood in Parliament has shifted from smug entitlement to genuine panic.
The Brits and the Germans have financed this project for decades and now the cash cow is leaving they do not know what to do.
We are one of the biggest economies in the world; they are not dealing with Greenland now, the only country to leave before.
Any businessperson worth their salt will tell you if you are losing such a huge income stream that cuts have to be made.
Brexiteers burn EU flag as they rejoice at Britain being free [PICTURES]
Ridiculous EU laws Britain has been forced to accept from Brussels [INSIGHT]
George Galloway explains why Brexit is ‘beginning of the end’ for EU [COMMENT]
Downing Street projected a countdown clock last night
Nevertheless, the answer in Brussels is the same as always- more Europe and more money.
For many in the Parliament they are in a state of Brexit denial.
Our vote to leave the European Union was a devastating blow to their mission but the euro-federalists will not accept any criticism.
Outside the Parliament, they recently installed figures of Ostriches with their heads in the sand; you have to admire the humour and awareness of the sculptor!
Brexit timeline – what happens next?
For all of their insults and abuse the Parliament will be a worse place without Nigel and the Brits.
We bring good humour, pragmatism and a sense of humility that the place will sorely lack without us.
There are brave MEPs left fighting the establishment, Carles Puigdemont the Catalan separatist, Eurosceptic colleagues from Italy, Croatia, France etc, but unfortunately their numbers aren’t great enough yet to effect real change.
Brexit news: Nigel Farage hosted a party in Parliament Square last night
Make no mistake however; this project is destined to fail. Centrally planned, bureaucratic super states always do.
The best thing that we can do now is to make a stonking success of Brexit and show EU member states that another way is possible.
When they finally decide to regain their own freedom and independence, they will always have a friend and ally in the United Kingdom.
We might be leaving the EU, but we are very much part of Europe!