The European Parliamentary Elections take place on Thursday May 23rd and there is a new party hoping to enjoy success. The Brexit Party will stand hoping their candidates can win some seats in the European Parliament.
In this article, we focus on the Brexit Party. What are its key policies? Who are the top candidates? We take a look...
Nigel Farage, arguably the UK's leading pro-Brexit advocate, has left UKIP and formed the Brexit Party. Farage was the leader of UKIP between 2006 and 2009 and then again between 2010 and 2016. His biggest achievement was, of course, pressurising the government into calling the 2016 referendum and running a successful campaign for Brexit.
But he has now quit the UKIP party due to its shift to the far-right. He is hoping to use his name to galvanise Brexiteers who have grown frustrated with the government and the opposition's handling of Brexit.
Current seats in the European Parliament
The Brexit Party did not exist when the last European Elections took place in 2014. But the party has since gained 14 MEPs from defectors. This includes Farage and another ex-UKIP leader in Paul Nuttall. All 14 MEPs were former UKIP members, indicating that the Brexit Party could cash in on UKIP votes in Thursday's elections.
The Brexit Party is storming ahead in the polls and looks the favourite to win the most seats. With experienced campaigner Farage rallying, support for the Brexit Party appears to be surging.
While Remainers are torn between Labour, the Lib Dems, Change UK and the Green Party, it is the opposite story for Brexiteers. There is one clear party campaigning for Brexit to be carried out and that is Farage's Brexit Party.
The Brexit Party has not launched an official manifesto. But its mantra is clear: The Brexit Party will do all in its power to deliver a hard Brexit. This is the clear focus for these elections so Farage has decided to postpone a detailed list of the party's policies until after Thursday's vote.
While there is no official manifesto, the Brexit Party has stressed the following four key points: Elected MEPs should have a "major role" in Brexit negotiations; a "dodgy deal" of 'Brexit in name only' between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn should be blocked; Brexit should be on World Trade Organisation terms; the UK should not pay the £39 billion settlement fee that the government has agreed with the EU.
Nigel Farage is obviously the headline name. The Brexit Party's leader is one of the most well-known politicians in the UK and he has dominated the political scene in terms of Brexit. Farage will be competing in the South East, where he is currently an MEP.
Ann Widdecombe is a former Conservative minister who has denounced her Tory membership to run for The Brexit Party. She has served under John Major and William Hague in the Conservative Party but now she heads the Brexit Party's candidate list for the South West region.
Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the journalist sister of outspoken pro-Brexit Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, will run for election. She is the primary candidate on the Brexit Party's list in the East Midlands.
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