Reports have emerged that the Brexit Party is set to be relaunched and rebranded as ‘Reform UK’. UNN’s Oliver Down understands that papers were submitted to the electoral commission last week and will look to spearhead the anti-lockdown movement.
Nigel Farage has said that the new lockdown measures are the ‘single most pressing issue’ as well as calling out the government’s ‘woeful response’ to the pandemic. Farage has also said that ‘badly run, wasteful quangos are in abundance’. Whilst unveiling their new plans, Farage and the Brexit party chairman, Richard Tice, has said that it is ‘time to redirect our energies’ and that they will take on numerous ‘powerful vested interests’.
Both men are insistent that they will continue to keep a ‘close eye’ on the Brexit negotiations but that it was time to broaden its agenda and seek ‘reform’ in other areas, such as the BBC, the House of Lords, the voting process and immigration.
Farage has confirmed that his Brexit party will change its name after Brexit. He announced on Sunday: ‘As promised, we continue to keep a very close eye on the Government’s trade negotiations with the EU, to ensure a proper Brexit. Further reform in many other areas is also vital for our nation’s future’.
This news comes against the backdrop of the government announcing that England is set to be plunged into its second lockdown of the year from Thursday, with all non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms set to close pending the measures being approved by parliament on Wednesday.