Brexit: UKIP co-founder Farage re-enters front line politics

Nigel Farage, the British politician who helped to launch the campaign over 25 years ago to bring Britain out of the European Union, re-entered front line politics on Friday.

Farage, who currently serves as an MEP (Member of the European Parliament), launched the new Brexit Party, promising to bring about a democratic revolution in British politics.

Farage was a co-founder of UKIP, the UK Independence Party, which went on to become a powerful voice in the campaign for Britain to end its membership of the EU.

Launching his return to front-line politics in Coventry, Farage said the launch marked the start of a fightback against a career political class that has betrayed the Brexit referendum.

He has been critical of the way British Prime Minister Theresa May has handled Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

After the extension granted to Britain this week by the European Council, the likelihood is that voters in Britain will have to elect MEPs when European Parliament elections take place on May 23.

Farage said the newly-formed Brexit Party is expected to have around 70 candidates taking part in the election.

Britain currently has 73 MEPs sitting in the European Parliament.

One of the candidates he introduced was Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of British MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg who is one of Britain’s best known political figures.

Media in London said Annunziata Rees-Mogg told the audience at today’s launch she could “not stand by whilst our democracy has been so betrayed”.

The Daily Telegraph quoted Jacob Rees-Mogg as expressing his regret that his sister has left the Conservatives to stand as a candidate for Farage’s Brexit Party.

“The Brexit Party is fortunate to have such a high-calibre candidate but I am sorry that Annunziata has left the Conservative Party,” he said in a statement.

Farage said in his first key-note speech: “I said that if I did come back into the political fray it would be no more Mr Nice Guy and I mean it. I am angry. I said many years ago I wanted to cause an earthquake in British politics. Now what I will attempt to achieve is a democratic revolution in British politics.”

Farage said Britain’s current two-party system, dominated by the Conservative and Labour parties, cannot cope with Brexit.

“It has been exposed as being unfit for purpose. We have a parliament that is completely out of touch with our country,” he added.

Meanwhile in Westminster another meeting took place Friday between top teams from the Conservative and Labour Parties in the quest to end the impasse that so far prevented the House of Commons agreeing on a Brexit deal.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said cabinet minister David Lidington and Secretary of State for Environment Michael Gove held talks with a team led by him. No bulletin was issued after the talks, but in a brief statement McDonnell said they had been positive and constructive.

McDonnell added: “A timetable is being worked out for more meetings over the next seven to 10 days.”

The European Council agreed to a six-month extension of the Brexit process early on Thursday morning, setting a new deadline for Britain to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, 2019.

The British Parliament is currently in recess until April 23.