Nigel Farage backs new party if exit from European Union is delayed

Marco Green
February 9, 2019

The Brexit Party "was registered on February 5", a spokesman for the Electoral Commission told AFP.

Writing in London's The Telegraph newspaper, Farage stated, "The party was founded with my full support and with the intention of fighting the European elections on May 23 if Brexit has not been delivered by then".

Nigel Farage says he would stand as a candidate for a new Brexit party if the UK's departure from the European Union is delayed.

"I sincerely hope that this prospect is recognised by both the Conservative party and the (opposition) Labour party as a threat", Farage said of the new venture. "The decision to become a party of street activism, and to work with and entertain characters with criminal records, has effectively put a glass ceiling on its future success and rules the party out from being a serious electoral threat".

British electoral authorities confirmed they had recognized the party, which Farage formed with Brexiteer and UKIP former economic spokeswoman Catherine Blaiklock, meaning it can contest elections in the UK.

London and Brussels are arguing over whether a deal clinched in November can be changed, raising the possibility of either a delay to Brexit, a last-minute deal or a no-deal exit.

Speaking to The Telegraph, she said that "a number of hundred" Conservative members had been in touch to say they wanted to defect to the new party.

Mrs Blaiklock used the photograph to demonstrate that those in the party were not racist, later telling Vice: 'I sleep with somebody who is black'.

She failed to win Great Yarmouth for Ukip in the 2017 general election after brandishing a large photograph of her Jamaican husband at one hustings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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