NIGEL Farage has returned to frontline politics in a new guise called The Brexit Party, after coming out on top in the European Parliament elections.
He is on a mission to rectify what he sees as the establishment’s failure to deliver Brexit.
What is The Brexit Party?
The Brexit Party is a new party with a populist outlook that has been launched to push for the EU referendum result to be respected.
Mr Farage accused the PM of turning Britain into a “laughing stock on the world stage” over Brexit.
“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," he said.
“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.”
What's the latest?
On May 23 he led the Brexit Party to a historic win in the European elections.
Millions of voters deserted the two main parties and flocked to Mr Farage in a bid to send the message: "Get Brexit done or die."
The Brexit Party swept the board – winning every single region of Britain except heavily pro-Remain London and Scotland.
It is now set to be the biggest party from ANY country in the European Parliament.
In his victory speech he added: "Never before in British politics has a new party launched just six weeks ago topped the polls in a national election.
"If we don't leave on October 31 then the scores you have seen for the Brexit Party today will be repeated in a General Election, and we are getting ready for it."
Farage hailed as "historic" a new poll which put the Brexit Party on top if a general election was held.
The Brexit Party boss is on 26 per cent in a fresh voting intention survey.
The new poll, released on June 1 from Opinium, had Labour trailing behind on 22 per cent and the Tories even lower on just 17 per cent.
It shows the two main parties floundering as voters abandon them for failing to get us out of the EU.
Mr Farage said: "Historic moment as the Brexit Party takes the lead in a national poll."
On June 7, Farage arrived at No10 to deliver his Brexit demands to Theresa May on her last day in office as leader.
The Brexit Party boss – despite losing the Peterborough by-election last night – said his party was serious about delivering our EU exit and demanded to help.
The letter, which has also been sent to the leadership candidates too, lays out what he wants to do to get Brexit done.
It said they campaigned on three simple messages on the election, which they should be allowed to carry out:
- Restore trust in democracy
- A WTO Brexit
- Some of our elected MEPS to play a significant role in the negotiating team from here
What is happening in the Peterborough by election?
Despite early polls suggesting the seat would go to Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene, he was pipped to the post by Labour's Lisa Forbes.
Unite activist Lisa Forbes was elected with a tiny majority over Mike Greene in a chilling warning of how Jeremy Corbyn could make it to No10 by splitting the vote.
Labour edged to victory, revealing the huge fight the Tories have on their hands as Nigel Farage's popularity soars.
Given 60 per cent of voters in the area backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum, their party very nearly made history yet again.
Mr Farage had been hoping his party would secure its first MP, just two months after it formed.
But Ms Forbes, who refused to say she would campaign to Remain in a second referendum, won the seat with 10,484 votes, ahead of the Brexit Party candidate’s 9,801 votes.
In another crushing blow to the Tories, their candidate Paul Bristow came in third place with 7,243 votes.
The news will be of little comfort to Theresa May on her final day as Tory leader.
If there were a general election tomorrow with Brexit unresolved it would give the Labour boss a clear path to No10 as the vote is so split.
The Tory and Brexit vote together would have been more than enough to see off Labour in Peterborough.
What were the results in full?
Lisa Forbes (Labour) 10,484 (30.91%, -17.17%)
Mike Greene (Brexit) 9,801 (28.89%)
Paul Bristow (Conservative) 7,243 (21.35%, -25.45%)
Beki Sellick (Liberal Democrat) 4,159 (12.26%, +8.92%)
Joseph Wells (Green) 1,035 (3.05%, +1.27%)
John Whitby (UKIP) 400 (1.18%)
Tom Rogers (Christian People’s Alliance) 162 (0.48%)
Stephen Goldspink (English Democrats) 153 (0.45%)
Patrick O’Flynn (Social Democratic Party) 135 (0.40%)
Alan "Howling Laud" Hope (Official Monster Raving Loony Party) 112 (0.33%)
Andrew Moore (Peterborough People’s Party) 101 (0.30%)
Dick Rodgers (Common Good) 60 (0.18%)
Peter Ward (Renew) 45
Pierre Kirk (UK European Union Party) 25
Bobby Smith (Independent) 5
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.
Farage's new Brexit party could WIN the European elections as voters punish the Tories for the ongoing chaos around Leaving the EU.
Fresh polling from YouGov puts the top Brexiteer's new party ahead of Labour and the Tories on 27 per cent.
What is in the Brexit Party manifesto?
The party has said it will only produce a "full slate" of polices once the EU elections are over.
Farage told a rally in West Yorkshire he would only talk about Brexit-related issues.
He told the crowd in Featherstone: “Thereafter, of course we’re going to put a full slate of policies up before the British public – political reform, more help for the regions, scrapping of ludicrous projects like HS2."
He has also stated that "manifesto equals lie," saying he would “never” use the word manifesto during his Brexit Party campaign for European elections.
There have been indications of where the party lies on the political spectrum with Farage repeatedly attacking "career politicians".
Similarly, Ann Widdecombe has promised to "sweep the traitors out of Westiminster".
When was its launch?
The new political party officially launched on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Making an appearance at the launch event was Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister Annunziata, who announced she had quit the Tories to stand for the new party in the upcoming European Elections.
The 40-year-old was unveiled as a surprise candidate for the Brexit Party, which polls show is already making in-roads into the Tory vote.
Since then the party has unveiled several more candidates including a Special Forces veteran, an ex-Communist and a smoked salmon producer.
Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe, 71, also announced she was quitting the Tories, after 55 years, to stand as a Brexit Party candidate for the South West region in the European vote.
It was reported the party signed up 60,000 paying supporters in just nine days with coffers boosted at £50 a minute.
Will it stand at the next General Election?
Nigel Farage has confirmed he wants to run candidates for Parliament in future to stop Remainer MPs blocking Brexit.
He pledged to use the Brussels poll as a "springboard" to take the party into power in Westminster.
The party is planning to stand in the General Election even if Theresa May does manage to cobble together a Brexit deal – because they believe it won't deliver on the referendum result in full.
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