Farages new Brexit Party wins official recognition

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2019

Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the most prominent campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union (EU), has announced that if the country's exit from the EU was delayed, he would stand as candidate for a new pro-Brexit party.

Mr Farage has previously said that if MPs "kick the can down the road" by extending Article 50 "then logically we would have to fight European elections and I would certainly stand in them in those circumstances".

Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader who is supporting the party, said "the engine is running" and he stood "ready for battle" to fight the Tories and Labour of the European Parliament elections are held.

He fell out with the current UKIP leadership after it appointed a far-right activist, Tommy Robinson, as an adviser in December.

The Eurosceptic party was officially confirmed by the Electoral Commission on February 5 and Farage has said the party "has my absolutely full support".

The party's founder Catherine Blaiklock told the Daily Telegraph that "a number of hundred" Conservative members had been in touch to say they wanted to defect to the new party and the figure was likely to rise to thousands.

He said the party was a warning signal to any MPs looking to extend Brexit, claiming that they need "to be aware there could be a very serious electoral threat to them". However the clock is ticking for British Prime Minister Theresa May to secure a deal that has approval from both the European Union and United Kingdom and unless she seeks an extension on Article 50, the country will crash out of the bloc - which could have serious effects on food and medicine supply, businesses and travel.

The continued political impasse has prompted speculation Britain could delay Brexit - something hardline eurosceptics oppose.

Farage wrote of his potential candidacy: "I sincerely hope that this prospect is recognized by both the Conservative party and Labour party as a threat".

He added: "All they have to do is deliver a proper Brexit - the one which 17.4 million people voted for in June 2016".

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