The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit political party in the United Kingdom, formed in January 2019 with twelve Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), all of whom were originally elected as UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidates.
The Brexit 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.
2019 General Election
Nigel Farage has committed the Brexit party to standing more than 600 candidates in the UK/2019 General Election, dismissing Conservative warnings that this could split the pro-leave vote as “conceited arrogance”.
On 4 November 2019, at a lavish campaign launch in central London, at which hundreds of new parliamentary candidates were paraded before the media, the party leader insisted he mainly hoped to take votes – and potentially seats – in strongly pro-leave Labour areas. “I think the Labour seats offer our best opportunity,” he said.
Farage will not stand for election, in what would have been his eighth attempt to win a Westminster seat. The decision has been criticised amid a tricky period for his new party.
Formally launched in January amid the deadlock of Theresa May’s premiership, the Brexit party took more than 30% of the vote in May’s European elections. But it has since slipped to as low as 10% in some polls, albeit with most showing it nearer 15%.
After speculation that the party could field only a couple of dozen candidates in Labour leave seats, Farage instead said it would contest every seat outside Northern Ireland, following the Conservatives’ dismissal of a pact based on pushing for a no-deal Brexit.
After Nigel Farage spoke, journalists were cleared from the hall in Westminster so prospective parliamentary candidates could be addressed privately on strategy by the party’s head of media, and by the former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, now a Brexit party MEP.
In another room, officials had a table of nomination papers for candidates to fill in and sign. Nearby was a photographer with lights and a white backdrop to take official party photos. Candidates held a piece of paper showing their name and party number, so they could be correctly identified later.
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- Jim Pickard (8 February 2019). "New 'Brexit Party' backed by Nigel Farage launches". Financial Times.
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- 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.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
- "Nigel Farage back in frontline politics as Brexit Party leader", BBC News, 22 March 2019
- "European election results 2019 LIVE: Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and Lib Dems win as Tories and Labour suffer humiliating losses"
- "Brexit party to contest more than 600 seats in election, says Farage"