Nigel Farage launches the Brexit party with promise of 'democratic revolution' in British politics
- Nigel Farage launches a new pro-Brexit political party.
- The former UKIP leader unveiled "The Brexit Party" at a press conference in Leave-voting Coventry on Friday morning.
- Farage promised a "revolution in British politics" in response to Theresa May's failure to deliver Brexit on time.
- The party is set to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections.
COVENTRY & LONDON - Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has launched a new pro-Brexit party ahead of next month's European elections which he claims will unleash a "democratic revolution in British politics."The Brexit Party, which launched on Friday morning at a factory in Coventry, central England, has been set up in protest at the United Kingdom's failure to leave the European Union on time.Advertisement
Farage, a Member of European Parliament who has run unsuccessfully for UK parliament seven times, said the party plans to contest every region in the election on May 23 and has received "just under 1,000" applications from people who wish to stand as candidates for the party.
The UK was originally scheduled to leave the EU on March 29.However, Prime Minister Theresa May has delayed the exit date twice in order to avoid leaving without a deal because Members of Parliament have rejected her Brexit plan on three occasions.
At an EU summit on Wednesday, May and other EU leaders agreed to delay Brexit until October 31, prompting fury from Brexit-supporting MPs who believed the prime minister should have left without a deal.Speaking to The Sun before the launch, Farage said: "My ambition us to cause a revolution in British politics, and to end the two-party structure as we know it."We hope to have a profound effect on the Conservative party and to shift the centre of gravity once more."Advertisement
He claimed on Friday to have raised over £750,000 from donors.
Farage said he had placed a £1,000 bet on the Brexit party to win the European elections at odds of 3/1.Farage led the UK Independence Party three times over the course of 20 years and was its best-known representative.Advertisement
He quit the party last year, claiming it had become too focused on anti-Muslim rhetoric under the stewardship of its current leader, Gerard Batten.
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