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The Brexit Party is a Eurosceptic political party in the United Kingdom. The party was publicly launched on 20 January 2019 by former UKIP economic spokesperson, Catherine Blaiklock. As of 30 January 2019[update], its 11 January 2019 application to the Electoral Commission was still being considered.
At its publicity launch on 20 January 2019, The Guardian reported that Blaiklock had declined to answer whether the new party had approached senior UKIP members about defecting, or whether the new party had attracted any wealthy donors. In a piece in The Telegraph on 21 January 2019, Blaiklock said that: "My new Brexit Party, supported by Nigel Farage, will fight for our democracy". While former Leave.EU pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has publically spoken in support of Blaiklock's new party, he did not state whether he would join the party, or whether he would formally campaign for the party. In a 24 January 2019 interview with Eamonn Holmes on Talkradio, Blaiklock said: "I won't run it without Nigel [Farage], I'm a nobody and I haven't got any ego to say that I am an anybody", and that: "I'm happy to facilitate Nigel and do the donkey work and work for him, but I don't have any allusions as to myself".
On 1 February 2019, Blaiklock told The Telegraph that the party raised GBP 1 million in donations, and that it plans to run 200 candidates in the May 2019 UK EU elections, if the United Kingdom has not left the European Union by then. In an editorial on the 4 February 2019, The Independent identified The Brexit Party as being one of a number of new "ideologically pure" parties to which "radical neo-Thatcherite hard-Brexit" members of the Conservative party were being attracted.
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- Halliday, Josh (20 January 2019). "Nigel Farage to lead new pro-Brexit party if EU departure delayed". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- Blaiklock, Catherine (21 January 2019). "My new Brexit Party, supported by Nigel Farage, will fight for our democracy". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- "The new Ukip? Nigel Farage offers 'full support' for another Brexit party". The Independent. 20 January 2019.
[..] former Ukip economics spokeswoman Catherine Blaiklock applied to register the new party last week and she sounded out Mr Farage for a role in the organisation. He told the paper: "This was Catherine's idea entirely - but she has done this with my full knowledge and my full support.
- "The Electoral Commission: Current applications". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Samantha King (24 January 2019). "Founder of The Brexit Party: 'I won't run it without Nigel Farage'". Talkradio. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Christopher Hope (1 February 2019). "New Brexit party has more than £1m in pledges and slate of over 200 candidates, including Nigel Farage". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Editorial (4 February 2019). "Turning Point UK and moderate pro-Brexit groups will change the party system - but not for the better". The Independent.
Closer to appearing on the ballot paper is a new Brexit Party, backed by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and ready to put forward 200 candidates for any upcoming elections
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