Nigel Farage, one of the key architects of the Brexit referendum, has announced his decision to quit UKIP. Mr. Farage expressed concern that the party’s new leader, Gerard Batten, risked turning UKIP into something similar to the BNP by associating with Tommy Robinson and the anti-Islamization movement.
Below is an email sent out today to all UKIP members by Mr. Batten:
Dear Fellow UKIP Member,
Nigel Farage resigns from UKIP
I’m always sorry when a member leaves UKIP, however I have to say that I think that Nigel left the party in spirit after the Brexit Referendum in 2016.
Earlier this year he stated that he was dedicating “100% of his efforts to Leave Means Leave”, a cross-party organisation. Sadly that left 0% for UKIP.
Nigel and I were founder members of UKIP in 1993 and I have always given him full credit for the part he played in bringing about and winning the Referendum. The part that he played in UKIP in achieving the Referendum result was truly historic, and I have always been happy to acknowledge that.
The Party stood on the edge of destruction in February 2018 and Nigel chose to play no part in rescuing it. That was his prerogative.
I am pleased that I was, with the members behind me, able to save the Party. Under my leadership, the Party has been saved financially, recruited thousands of more members, and we have risen in the polls. We are now going from strength to strength.
Nigel has chosen to relentlessly attack me in recent weeks. I am not going to return like with like in this instance and instead wish Nigel well in his media career – even though I doubt he will be asking me to appear on his show.
The Party will be asking Nigel to honour the charter he signed in 2013 and return his seat in the European Parliament to UKIP. It would be a sad end to his political career if he joined the ranks of those dishonourable MEPs who left UKIP but kept their seats, despite their solemn undertaking to return it.
UKIP will now continue its mission as the only party committed to achieving a true Brexit. I am now looking forward to speaking at the biggest pro-Brexit event of the year this coming Sunday at Whitehall.
Gerard Batten MEP