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Farage's new 'Brexit Party' wins official recognition

AFP  |  London 

British electoral authorities said Friday they had officially recognised a new "Party" backed by Nigel Farage, a key in the referendum vote to leave the

Recognition by the means the party can now contest elections in Britain -- and potentially in the if 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 has not been delivered by then," Farage told 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 Independence Party (UKIP) which he had co-founded and turned into a hugely influential force as its leader.

He fell out with the current UKIP leadership after it appointed a far-right activist, Tommy Robinson, as an in December. The party is also languishing in the polls.

The "was registered on February 5," a for the told AFP.

It is led by Catherine Blaiklock, a former UKIP and parliamentary candidate, who told she expected "thousands" of people from the ruling to defect.

is currently trying to persuade MPs to support from the EU, but many of her own want a cleaner break.

The continued political impasse has prompted speculation Britain could delay Brexit -- something hardline eurosceptics oppose.

"I sincerely hope that this prospect is recognised by both the and the (opposition) as a threat," Farage said of the new venture.

He added: "All they have to do is deliver a proper Brexit -- the one which 17.4 million people voted for in June 2016. Otherwise, this threat will turn into a promise.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 00:05 IST
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