Brexit Party

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The Brexit Party is a conservative political party in the United Kingdom that seeks to achieve Brexit and secure UK independence from the European Union. It is led by Nigel Farage.

History

The Brexit Party was founded in April 2019,[1] and it grew very quickly.[2] In May 2019, it received four members in the Welsh parliament after several Assembly Members defected from their respective parties,[3] and it also received Labour Party defectors.[4] Even members of the Liberal Democrats left to join the Brexit Party.[5] In five weeks of its creation, the Brexit Party's membership surpassed 100,000.[6] In the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the party performed strongly, winning the most votes of any party.[7] Later in the year, the party began taking over local town councils.[8]

In an IpsosMORI poll in October 2019, the Brexit Party was found to be "on the side of the British people" more than other parties in the eyes of the British public.[9]

On November 11, 2019, Farage announced the Brexit Party would not contest seats won by the Conservative Party in 2017, in an effort to not divide the pro-Brexit vote in the December snap election.[10] The party did not win any seats in the election, but it did help the Conservative Party take Labour-held seats by acting as a spoiler, and Farage's one-way cooperation with the Conservative Party helped the latter win additional seats.[11]

Political positions

In addition to supporting a clean exit from the European Union and restoring UK sovereignty, the Brexit Party supports protecting "free individuals, families and businesses from excessive government interference", as well as reforming the voting system, abolishing the House of Lords and ending the television licence fee.[12] The party's beliefs are inspired by Athenian democracy.[13] Besides supporting a clean Brexit, the party takes conservative and populist positions,[14] including reducing immigration levels.[15]

See also

References

  1. Multiple references: See also:
  2. Walker, Peter (May 15, 2019). Has the rise of the Brexit party blown away Ukip? The Guardian. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. Markham, Joe (May 16, 2019). Brexit Party Secure Four Members of Welsh Assembly in Mass Defection. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. Friedman, Victoria (July 5, 2019). Local Labour Politicians Defect to Brexit Party as Labour Slumps in Polls. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. Friedman, Victoria (July 11, 2019). Liberal Democrat Councillor Defects to Brexit Party. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  6. Montgomery, Jack (May 16, 2019). Farage’s Brexit Party Smashes 100,000 Registered Supporters Target, Aims to Pass Tory Party. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  7. Multiple references: See also: The Brexit Party's debut in the European Parliament:
  8. Brexit Party pact with Tories takes over Hartlepool Council. BBC News. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  9. Friedman, Victoria (October 9, 2019). Brexit Party Tops Poll in Most Trusted to Be on Side of British People. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  10. Multiple references: See also
  11. Multiple references: See also:
  12. McTague, Tom (May 18, 2019). Nigel Farage’s startup politics. Politico. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  13. Lane, Oliver JJ (September 29, 2019). Lane: Brexit Party Embraces Populism Label With Nod to Ancient Athenian Democracy. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  14. Multiple references: See also:
  15. Gallardo, Cristina (November 22, 2019). Brexit Party calls for drastic cut to net migration to the UK. Politico. Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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