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Brexit Party
Leader and TreasurerCatherine Blaiklock[1][2]
Founded20 January 2019[1]
HeadquartersAnnapurna
Church Farm Barns
Lingwood Road
Lingwood
Norfolk
NR13 4FD[2][3]
IdeologyHard Euroscepticism
Conservatism[4]
European Parliament
7 / 73
[5]
Website
Official website

The Brexit Party is a hard-Eurosceptic, pro-Brexit, political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 2019. As of February 2019, the party's elected representation consists of seven members of the European Parliament, all of whom were elected as UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidates. This includes former UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP, who announced he would stand as a candidate for the party in any future European Parliament elections, in the event the UK had not left the European Union.[6][7]

Launch

The party was launched on 20 January 2019 by former UKIP Economic Spokesman,[8] Catherine Blaiklock.[9] It was recognised by the United Kingdom Electoral Commission on 5 February 2019 as duly registered to run candidates in any English, Scottish, Welsh and European Union elections.[2][10][6]

On the day of the launch, Nigel Farage, who has been an independent MEP since his departure from UKIP in early December 2018, stated that the party was Blaiklock's idea, but that she had acted with his support.[9] In a 24 January 2019 interview, Blaiklock said: "I won't run it without Nigel [Farage], I'm a nobody and I haven't got any ego to say that I am an anybody", and that: "I'm happy to facilitate Nigel and do the donkey work and work for him, but I don't have any allusions [sic] as to myself".[11] On 8 February 2019, Farage stated he would stand as a candidate for the party in any potential future European Parliament elections contested in the United Kingdom.[12][13] MEPs Steven Woolfe and Nathan Gill, also formerly of UKIP, stated that they would also stand for the party.[14][15]

On 1 February 2019, Blaiklock told The Daily Telegraph the party had raised £1 million in donations, and that over 200 people have come forward offering to stand for The Brexit Party at the May 2019 European Parliament elections, if the United Kingdom has not left the European Union by then.[16]

MEPs

By mid-February 2019, seven MEPs had joined the party: Tim Aker, Jonathan Bullock, David Coburn, Bill Etheridge, Nigel Farage, Nathan Gill, and Julia Reid. All were originally elected as UKIP candidates, but all had previously left the party, mostly in December 2018, in opposition to Gerard Batten's leadership, although Aker and Etheridge had left earlier in 2018. As of February 2019, they all continue to sit in the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group.[17] MEP and former UKIP member Steven Woolfe, has also indicated his support for the party.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Halliday, Josh (20 January 2019). "Nigel Farage to lead new pro-Brexit party if EU departure delayed". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Changes to the registers of political parties made since 27 January 2019: The Brexit Party" (PDF). Electoral Commission. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Bed and Brexit: The guest house which is new Farage HQ". The New European. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ Blaiklock, Catherine (21 January 2019). "My new Brexit Party, supported by Nigel Farage, will fight for our democracy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search/advanced?name=&groupCode=4276&countryCode=GB&constituency=&bodyType=ALL
  6. ^ a b Jim Pickard (8 February 2019). "New 'Brexit Party' backed by Nigel Farage launches". Financial Times. A new political party backed by Nigel Farage has been launched in an attempt to attract hardline Conservative activists unhappy with Theresa May’s attempt to forge a compromise Brexit plan.
  7. ^ Bianca Britton (9 February 2019). "Nigel Farage to lead new 'Brexit Party' if Britain's exit from the EU is delayed". CNN. Retrieved 9 February 2019. The former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) announced in an op-ed for The Telegraph that if Britain's exit from the EU was delayed, he would stand as candidate for the party in the European Parliament elections.
  8. ^ "Catherine Blaiklock appointed as Economics Spokesman". UKIP. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b "The new Ukip? Nigel Farage offers 'full support' for another Brexit party". The Independent. 20 January 2019. [..] former Ukip economics spokeswoman Catherine Blaiklock applied to register the new party last week and she sounded out Mr. Farage for a role in the organisation. He told the paper: "This was Catherine's idea entirely – but she has done this with my full knowledge and my full support.
  10. ^ "Brexit Party: Registration Details". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  11. ^ Samantha King (24 January 2019). "Founder of The Brexit Party: 'I won't run it without Nigel Farage'". Talkradio. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  12. ^ Andy Bruce (8 February 2019). "Farage ready to be new 'Brexit Party' candidate if EU exit delayed". Reuters. Retrieved 8 February 2019. A filing by the Electoral Commission showed the Brexit Party had been approved this week to field candidates across England, Scotland and Wales.
  13. ^ Nigel Farage (8 February 2019). "My new Brexit party stands ready to defend democracy". The Daily Telegraph.
  14. ^ a b "Nigel Farage launches new 'Brexit' party DISCUSSION – BBC Newsnight". BBC Newsnight. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Nathan Gill set to join Nigel Farage's Brexit party". BBC News. BBC. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  16. ^ Christopher Hope (1 February 2019). "New Brexit party has more than £1m in pledges and slate of over 200 candidates, including Nigel Farage". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Register of MEPs: European Freedom and Democracy Group". Europe.eu. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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