Nigel Farage promises "democratic revolution” upon launch of new Brexit party
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage officially launched his new Brexit Party in Coventry yesterday.
The move came after a flexible Brexit delay until 31 October was formally agreed between Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders on Wednesday.
Speaking at the launch, Farage declared that he is seeking a “democratic revolution” in British politics, with the European elections in May the party’s “first step” in doing so.
Referring to his return to politics Farage said: “I said that if I did come back into the political fray it would be no more Mr Nice Guy and I mean it.
“The party is not here just to fight European elections, this party is not just to express our anger.
"May 23 is the first step of the Brexit Party, we will change politics for good.
"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."
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Farage pledged that his Brexit Party would represent a cross-section of society, while taking aim at his former party, Ukip.
Farage claimed that Ukip had been “tarnished” since his tenure as party leader after “allowing the far right to join in and take over” and that "middle England, decent people" would never vote for his former party.
He added: "In terms of policy, there’s no difference [between the Brexit Party and Ukip], but in terms of personnel there is a vast difference.
"Ukip did struggle to get enough good people into it".
Seventy candidates have been put forward by the Brexit Party for the European Elections according to Farage, with the surprise inclusion of Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of pro-Brexit Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Farage’s claims have since come under fire from Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who stated on Twitter that the new party was merely a “vehicle” for Farage’s re-election to Brussels and acted as a “Tory/establishment safety valve", as opposed to a tangible political force.