The '''United Kingdom Independence Party''', also known by the acronym '''UKIP''', is a
British political party. Founded in 1993, it campaigns for [[British]] withdrawal from the [[European Union]] (EU). Its support-base is made up substantially of right-wing voters disaffected from the [[ Conservative Party]], and its platform contains other [[ conservative]] policies.
In the British Parliament, UKIP has no representatives in the [[ House of Commons (UK)| House of Commons]] ( having won only 2. 4% of the vote in the 2005 general election) and 2 representatives in the [[House of Lords]]. It won 12 of the UK' s 78 seats in the [[European Parliament]] in the 2004 European elections.
's present leader , [[Nigel Farage ]], is attempting to present the party as having a broad political agenda extending beyond withdrawal from the [[ EU]]. Consistently with this aim, he is seeking to change the party' s name to "the Independence Party".
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