Nigel Farage, one of the most prominent campaigners for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, has announced that he will stand to be the leader of the Brexit Party should the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union be delayed.
The Eurosceptic party was officially confirmed by the Electoral Commission on the 5th of February by Catherine Blaiklock, the current leader of the party and a former member of UKIP. Farage has said that the party, which was publicly launched on the 20th of January “has my absolutely full support.”
In an interview with The Telegraph, Blaiklock disclosed that “a number of hundred” Conservative members had been in touch to say that they wanted to defect to the new party.
She also said that she would “not rule out” running in a general election, however, she confirmed that the new party will not be running in upcoming local elections or by-elections.
The former UKIP leader said that if Article 50 was moved beyond the current 29th of March leaving date “then logically we would have to fight European elections and I would certainly stand in them in those circumstances.”
He also said that the formation of the party should act as a warning to the MPs who are trying to delay Brexit. He claimed that the MPs were identifying more along Remain or Leave lines than they were Conservative or Labour.
He stated: “If the need comes for the Brexit Party to be mobilised, I think it will draw support from across the entire spectrum.”
He added: “I genuinely believe people would be very surprised at the support it would attract.” Adding: “There is a live vehicle there from which to fight back.”
He continued: “There are many millions of people out there at the moment feeling disenfranchised completely, feeling that they are more Leavers or Remainers, but feeling they are more Leavers than they are Labour or Tory supporters and this would give them a focus.”