NIGEL Farage has returned to frontline politics in a new guise called The Brexit Party, which came out top in the European Parliament elections.
He is on a mission to rectify what he sees as the establishment’s failure to deliver Brexit.
2 Nigel Farage is determined to deliver a firm BrexitCredit: London News Pictures
What is The Brexit Party?
The Brexit Party is a new party with a populist outlook that has been launched to push for the EU referendum result to be respected.
Mr Farage accused the PM of turning Britain into a “laughing stock on the world stage” over Brexit.
“I said in 2013 that Ukip was going to cause an earthquake in British politics and I think we can safely say we did that,” he said.
“The ambition now is to cause a revolution in British politics – and to end the two-party structure as it is, it’s just not working.”
What’s the latest?
On May 23 he led the Brexit Party to a historic win in the European elections.
Millions of voters deserted the two main parties and flocked to Mr Farage in a bid to send the message: “Get Brexit done or die.”
The Brexit Party swept the board – winning every single region of Britain except heavily pro-Remain London and Scotland.
It is now set to be the biggest party from ANY country in the European Parliament.
In his victory speech he added: “Never before in British politics has a new party launched just six weeks ago topped the polls in a national election.
“If we don’t leave on October 31 then the scores you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a General Election, and we are getting ready for it.”
2 Farage has said he wants to make sure politicians honour the outcome of the EU referendumCredit: Reuters
How is Nigel Farage involved?
Farage is the founder of the new right-wing party.
He founded the new political movement in an attempt to “fight back against the betrayal of democracy” by Theresa May, as he sees it.
Confirming he will stand to become an MEP, Mr Farage said the party had been inundated with “just under 1,000” requests from people wanting to be a candidate.
He said the “Westminster bubble” had completely misunderstood the mood of people across the country – who just want to leave the EU.
The MEP left Ukip in December 2018 after 25 years.
Ukip won the European Elections in 2015 with 27 per cent of the vote.
Farage’s new Brexit party could WIN the European elections as voters punish the Tories for the ongoing chaos around Leaving the EU.
Fresh polling from YouGov puts the top Brexiteer’s new party ahead of Labour and the Tories on 27 per cent.
What is in the Brexit Party manifesto?
The party has said it will only produce a “full slate” of polices once the EU elections are over.
Farage told a rally in West Yorkshire he would only talk about Brexit-related issues.
He told the crowd in Featherstone: “Thereafter, of course we’re going to put a full slate of policies up before the British public – political reform, more help for the regions, scrapping of ludicrous projects like HS2.”
He has also stated that “manifesto equals lie,” saying he would “never” use the word manifesto during his Brexit Party campaign for European elections.
There have been indications of where the party lies on the political spectrum with Farage repeatedly attacking “career politicians”.
Similarly, Ann Widdecombe has promised to “sweep the traitors out of Westiminster”.
When was its launch?
The new political party officially launched on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Making an appearance at the launch event was Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata, who announced she had quit the Tories to stand for the new party in the upcoming European Elections.
The 40-year-old was unveiled as a surprise candidate for the Brexit Party, which polls show is already making in-roads into the Tory vote.
Since then the party has unveiled several more candidates including a Special Forces veteran, an ex-Communist and a smoked salmon producer.
Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe, 71, also announced she was quitting the Tories, after 55 years, to stand as a Brexit Party candidate for the South West region in the European vote.
It was reported the party signed up 60,000 paying supporters in just nine days with coffers boosted at £50 a minute.
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Will it stand at the next General Election?
Nigel Farage has confirmed he wants to run candidates for Parliament in future to stop Remainer MPs blocking Brexit.
He pledged to use the Brussels poll as a “springboard” to take the party into power in Westminster.
The party is planning to stand in the General Election even if Theresa May does manage to cobble together a Brexit deal – because they believe it won’t deliver on the referendum result in full.
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