LONDON: British electoral authorities said Friday they had officially recognised a new “Brexit Party” backed by Nigel Farage, a key campaigner in the referendum vote to leave the European Union, reports AFP.
Recognition by the Electoral Commission means the party can now contest elections in Britain—and potentially in the European Parliament if Brexit is delayed beyond March 29.“The party was founded with my full support and with the intention of fighting the European election on May 23 if Brexit has not been delivered by then,” Farage told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
He said he would stand for election, adding that the party had received “hundreds of applications” from other would-be candidates, and “significant” funds had been pledged.
“The engine is running,” he said.
In December, Farage left the UK Independence Party (UKIP) which he had co-founded and turned into a hugely influential force as its leader.