Brexit Party: Annunziata Rees-Mogg defects from Conservative Party
The Brexit party has launched its European election campaign today in Coventry. This comes after confirmation that the elections would go ahead in the UK due to Article 50’s most recent extension.
One of the highlights was former Conservative Annunziata Rees-Mogg’s announcement that she would stand as a Brexit Party MEP candidate.
The European elections will take place 23 May, despite hopes that Article 50 would have been implemented by now.
Regarding this as a betrayal, Annunziata Rees-Mogg told cameras: “I joined the Conservative party in 1984 and this is not a decision I have made lightly – to leave a party for which I have fought at every election since 1987, from Maggie Thatcher through to Theresa May.
"I know which one I’d rather have representing us now.”
When approaching the question of her brother, Jacob Rees-Mogg, she remarked that she would be “stunned” if he also defected.
Farage, who inaugurated the occasion, said: “I said that if I ever did come back into the political fray, next time it would be no more Mr Nice Guy and I mean it.
"I am angry about what has happened."
He added: “I said many years ago I wanted to cause an earthquake in British politics.
"Now what I am fighting for, and with your support what we will attempt to achieve, is a democratic revolution in British politics.”
Given Ukip’s performance in the last European election, many are hoping for a similar success.