Brexit Party contesting local UK and EU elections

Missy reports from London about the quick success of Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party in the UK.

The UK is on election footing at the moment for (first) local elections and (second) EU elections in May.

Many Conservatives have openly switched to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party (it is what it says on the tin), and today it was reported that 40% of Conservative Councillors will support the Brexit Party, this comes as many Conservative grassroots activists have said that they will not campaign for the Conservatives until the UK has left the EU.

The Brexit Party launched just over a week ago and is already leading in the polls for the EU elections, and as the EU Parliament is decided on proportional representation there is a fear amongst Remainers in the UK, and in the EU, that they may gain the majority of the UK seats.

Wikipedia: The Brexit Party

The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 2019. The party has fourteen Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), all of whom were originally elected as UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidates. The party is led by one of these MEPs, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, 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.

The Brexit Party website headlines:

Change Politics For Good

Democracy is under threat, join us to start the fightback.

We Are The 17.4 Million

Britain Can Do better Than This

Their pinned tweet on launching

Recent tweets:

Guardian:  Nigel and Annunziata’s Brexit show basks in the sun, but winter is coming

On Saturday Nigel Farage made a triumphant return to Nottingham, where, five years ago, when leader of UKIP, he was hit with an egg by a protester. Much has changed since, and now Farage is leader of the Brexit party, which was holding a rally at the city’s Albert Hall.

Beforehand Farage went on a walkabout in the town centre with a small band of activists carrying placards with the defiant legend “Fighting back”. Against whom? I asked one. “The government,” came the reply. Other answers included “the establishment”, “the political class” and “all of ‘em”.

There were, however, plenty of genuine supporters queueing outside the Albert Hall in the glorious afternoon sunshine.

Farage duly announced that the Brexit party would be “intolerant of all forms of intolerance”. And on stage he called for a greater “civility” in British politics, before going on to denounce local Nottinghamshire MP Anna Soubry as “dishonest” and “undemocratic”.

“Nelson, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Ian Botham and Nigel Farage, they’re the people who put the Great into Britain,” said Gary Wilkinson, a retired railway worker.

But no one could upstage Farage, the professionally reluctant politician, driven by the burden of history and his unsleeping conscience to again take up the fight, in the words of the Brexit party slogan, to “Change Politics For Good”. He gave a declamatory speech, full of sweat, denunciation and sideswipes at the likes of EU Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker and Lord Adonis.

The Brexit Party may well change politics in the UK and potentially in the EU, but it’s too soon to know if it will be for good or not. But it doesn’t look good for Theresa May and the Conservatives, who have been split over Brexit. Missy points out:

Today it is reported that May has been told to resign before the end of June or face the party rules being changed to allow for another vote of no confidence in her as leader, this is not only due to her handling of Brexit, but also down to the amount of support that the Conservatives are losing as a result of their failure on Brexit.

Politics has been in a mess in the UK for years now, and it doesn’t look like improving any time soon.

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5 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd April 2019

    The UK is demonstrating the problems with FPP Government. Adaptation is fraught.

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  2. David

     /  22nd April 2019

    May has negotiated a terrible deal and she wont budge, her potential succesors dont want a bar of re negotiating it so are waiting till it passes so they dont get tainted with it before toppling Britains worst PM.

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  22nd April 2019

    Usually leaving an organisation means you have to abide by the exit provisions in the organisation’s constitution, so unless you have some leverage, you may have a swallow a few dead rats in doing it. On top of that, if your own organisation itself is in disarray the chances of a golden handshake look remote.

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    • Duker

       /  22nd April 2019

      What exit provisions in EU constitution are those. What dead rats did Greenland swallow when it left the EU?

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    • Missy

       /  22nd April 2019

      Correct, though I am not sure what point you are making by saying that.

      In order to leave the EU the UK were only required to advise the EU in writing two years prior to leaving – which they did in 2017, that time is meant to be used to negotiate the terms of withdrawal, however, if nothing is agreed the UK could (and should) have left on 29 March with no agreement as per the EU’s rules. It can be argued that the UK and EU are now acting illegally with their constant (and likely indefinite) extensions in order to try and force an agreement through.

      The EU treaties do not require a country leaving to:
      1. pay a fortune
      2. remain in the single market
      3. remain in the customs union
      4. remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice
      5. retain all EU law
      6. be required to take on new EU law
      7. be required to take part in the new EU military force and subjugate defence policy to the EU
      8. retain Freedom of Movement

      Most of the list above is in the Withdrawal Agreement that has been rejected by Parliament numerous times, and others (Customs Union) are being suggested as ways forward.

      The EU have been intransigent in their negotiations and demanding the UK compromise on all points with very little compromise themselves, helped by a federalist remainer who has been negotiating for the UK.

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