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ANTI-RACIST activists called for unity today after ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage launched his new Brexit Party.
Speaking at a campaign launch event in Coventry ahead of the European elections, Mr Farage vowed the party will lead a “democratic revolution” against a political class that had betrayed voters.
He revealed that Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata would be one of 70 candidates fielded by the party in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, in which Britain must now take part because of Brexit’s delay to October 31.
Stand Up to Racism co-founder Weyman Bennett told the Star: “The city trader Nigel Farage, formerly of Ukip, has always sown division in this country by looking to blame other communities for problems of austerity and privatisation.
“He has nothing new to offer but racism and bigotry. We should unite to oppose Nigel Farage’s vision whether we are leave or remain. Unity for us should be the key.”
Campaigning began for the European elections now due to take place on May 23.
Hope Not Hate chief executive Nick Lowles said: “Nigel Farage is deeply unpleasant. He’s an elitist who rails against the elites, a career politician who rails against career politicians, a wealthy former stockbroker who presents himself as a man of the people.
Nigel Farage says there's "no difference" between UKIP and his Brexit Party on policy. Nigel Farage also says that "the far right" have taken over UKIP. pic.twitter.com/hHWOvBi679
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 12, 2019
“He’ll try and present himself as a respectable Brexiteer but no-one should forget that he campaigned for the likes of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and the right-wing populist AfD party in Germany.
“If racist comments from leading members of the Brexit Party are uncovered and they’re not sacked, we will act. If the Brexit Party adopts an agenda of Islamophobia, we will act. If Farage or other candidates engage in the sort of racist dog-whistle politics we’ve seen in the past, we will act.”
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