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NIGEL FARAGE was accused of hypocrisy today after he threatened to sue an anti-Brexit campaign group by using EU law.
The party has resorted to legal action in its bid to regain control of the brexitparty.com website doman name, which was bought by campaign group Led by Donkeys in April.
The anti-Brexit group has offered to relinquish the domain name — providing Mr Farage donates an ever-rising total of over £1 million to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Migrants.
“When Farage and his millionaire backers set up the Brexit Party they didn’t have the foresight to buy up all of the websites with their own name — and we did,” Led By Donkeys co-founder Oliver Knowles said.
The party’s lawyers want the group to transfer the domain name –but Led by Donkeys retorted that Mr Farage has “no legitimate claim” on it.
The group highlighted the hypocrisy of the approach from Brexit Party lawyers, saying that the eight-page legal document mentions EU law five times.
“Who knew Nigel Farage was such a fan of European law?” they tweeted.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Migrants said it was “surprised and touched” by the prospect of such a huge donation.
“We believe that people move, they always have and they always will,” the council said in a statement. “We want to see migration treated as a beneficial reality, rather than a problem to be solved.”
In a statement the party said: “The Brexit Party have issued a legal letter via lawyers Wedlake Bell to Led by Donkeys, requesting they cease and desist from using the Brexit Party logo and Brexit Party materials on posters, document download site and via their website at thebrexitparty.com.
“They have offered to comply with these requests, but so far they are refusing to transfer the domain name.”
Led by Donkeys has transformed the brexitparty.com website into an “election advent calendar” — which offers examples of the “lies, lunacy and hypocrisy” of the Conservatives and Brexit Party every day until December 12.
The group came into existence in January this year, quickly making a name for themselves by putting up huge posters of hypocritical comments made by British politicians.
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