What has Nigel Farage said about The Brexit Party and why did he leave UKIP?

What has Nigel Farage said about The Brexit Party and why did he leave UKIP?

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NIGEL Farage dominated the UK Independence Party for 20 years and served as its leader twice while campaigning for Britain to leave the EU.

But what has Nigel Farage said about The Brexit Party and why did he leave Ukip?

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage quit the party in 2018
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage quit the party in 2018

What has he said about The Brexit Party?

The Brexit Party is a new right-wing party with a populist outlook.

In a Twitter message it said: “The establishment have failed us. They are not up to the job of delivering Brexit. We need new leaders who can lead us out of the EU.”

Farage said: “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.

“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.”

He added: “We hope to have a profound effect on the Conservative Party and to shift the centre of gravity once more.”

Mr Farage accused the PM of turning Britain into a “laughing stock on the world stage” over Brexit.

A spokesman for the party told The Sun Online: “We are standing for the European elections on a ticket of respecting the referendum and trying to restore some hope and trust in politics.”

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.

Why did Nigel Farage quit UKIP?

Mr Farage stood down as leader for the second time following the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Since then Ukip has been in almost perpetual chaos, with four leaders in two years.

His successor Diane James quit after 18 days, and Mr Farage had to return as acting leader until Paul Nuttall took over.

But he quit after disastrous election results in 2017, and there followed the embarrassing saga of Henry Bolton who was hounded out as leader amid controversy over his model girlfriend.

Current leader Gerard Batten has been accused of lurching to the far right by focusing less on Brexit and more on immigration and anti-Muslim policies.

Mr Farage has previously warned the party risks becoming “the new BNP”.

Mr Batten sparked outrage by appointing former EDL leader Tommy Robinson as an adviser on Asian rape gangs.

Nigel Farage announced he was resigning from Ukip on his LBC radio show

Former leadership candidate Suzanne Evans quit in disgust on December 3, 2018.

And on December 4, Mr Farage also revealed he was handing in his membership card after 25 years.

He said the party under Mr Batten’s leadership was “turning a blind eye to extremist politics”.

Farage announced he was quitting on his LBC radio show, claiming Mr Batten was “obsessed” with Tommy Robinson and the religion of Islam.

Later, writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said the party had squandered a chance to fight Theresa May’s Brexit deal and was more interested in “street activism” than fighting election.

He added: “Under my leadership of Ukip, the party banned former members of the BNP and EDL from joining.

“Many accusations of racism and extremism were thrown at us, but I strongly maintain they were untrue.

“Under Gerard Batten’s leadership, however, the party’s direction has changed fundamentally.”

Other Ukip MEPs including Patrick O’Flynn, Bill Etheridge and William Dartmouth have all resigned the party in recent months over the direction it has taken.

What has he said about Brexit?

Farage told Sky News he would neither campaign nor vote in a second referendum if the choice was between Theresa May’s deal or Remain.

He told Sky News’s All-Out Politics: “Honestly, if we are offered Brexit in name only or Remain, why on Earth would I vote?

“I would go on holiday. It would be an outrage.

“Remain shouldn’t even be on the ballot paper, but if we are forced to this, it would have to be Remain or a clean Brexit.”

Farage said the new Brexit Party “has my absolute full support” and he would stand for it in May’s European Parliament elections if the UK.

He said the new party should be a warning to MPs considering backing any effort, such as the move championed by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tory Nick Boles, to extend Article 50 in order to allow more time for negotiations.

MPs considering such a move “need to be aware there could be a very serious electoral threat to them”.

What has he said about a General Election?

The Brexit Party is ready to stand with the Prime Minister, Mr Farage has told Boris Johnson – but only if the withdrawal deal is abandoned.

Candidates are primed and ready to fight for every seat across the UK, he claimed, with the possibility of a non-aggression pact on the table with the Tories.

However, Nigel Farage indicated the two parties would only team up if the EU withdrawal agreement drawn up under Theresa May was scrapped.

He said that only either a completely new deal with Brussels would be acceptable, or a No Deal Brexit.

Mr Farage said: “If Boris Johnson thinks that the withdrawal agreement can stand then we don’t.”

How old is Nigel Farage and what’s his background?

The MEP and former Ukip leader, 55, was born in Kent on April 3, 1964.

He was educated at Dulwich College, a public school in South London.

His father Guy, a stockbroker, was reportedly an alcoholic who left the family home when Nigel was five.

Nigel did not go to university, instead going to work in the City trading commodities at the London Metal Exchange.

His City career lasted more than 20 years, even after he was elected to the European Parliament.

Mr Farage was one of the founder members of Ukip in 1993, and became an MEP for the South East region in 1999.

He was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

He is one of the assembly’s most outspoken members and has regularly clashed with the EU establishment.

Mr Farage was elected leader of Ukip in 2006, stood down in 2009 but returned the following year until 2016.

He declared “independence day” after the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23 that year, then stood down as party leader.

Mr Farage has been an outspoken member of the European Parliament since 1999

What is his net worth?

According to an article from March 2017, Mr Farage is estimated to be worth around £2.5million.

His salary as an MEP is €8,484 a month or €101,808 a year – around £89,934 at current exchange rates.

He also gets office allowances of around £46,000 a year.

Mr Farage used to employ his wife Kirsten as a secretary on £27,000 a year until MEPs were banned from paying family members.

She then went to work for another Ukip MEP.

Who is Nigel Farage’s wife?

Dad-of-four Mr Farage married German-born Kirsten Mehr in 1999 after his divorce from his first wife Gráinne Hayes.

He apparently splits his time between the Kent family home and his London pad.

But Mr Farage’s wife said in February 2017: “My husband and I have lived separate lives for some years and he moved out of the family home a while ago.

“This is a situation that suits everyone and is not news to any of the people involved.”

And in December 2017 he said he’s “separated and skint”.

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