Nigel Farage says he will start a new political party to run in EU elections if Article 50 extended as he warns Remainer MPs are plotting to overturn Brexit
- Nigel Farage said he could make a return to frontline politics if Brexit is delayed
- He said Ukip is unsalvageable and he is working on creating a new political party
- Tory and Labour MPs Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper want to extend Article 50
Nigel Farage has today revealed he will launch a new political party if Brexit is delayed.
The former Ukip leader accused Remainer MPs of plotting to try to overturn the result of the EU referendum.
He said he expects Article 50, which starts the two-year clock on Brexit, to be extended – meaning the UK will not leave the EU as planned on March 29.
Mr Farage said he will make a dramatic come back to frontline politics with a new party with could run in EU elections this May if Brexit is delayed.
And he revealed that he is working with others in the pro-Brexit campaign group ‘Leave Means Leave’ to build up party structures in preparation.
Nigel Farage (pictured today on the BBC) has today revealed he will launch a new political party if Brexit is delayed
It comes as Tory MP Nick Boles revealed he is working with Labour backbencher Yvette Cooper on a new proposed law to delay Brexit for nine months.
Mr Farage told Sky News: ‘I think, I fear that the House of Commons is going to effectively overturn that Brexit.
‘To me, the most likely outcome of all of this is an extension of Article 50.
What does Yvette Cooper’s and Nick Bole’s plan do?
The text of the Yvette Cooper bill has not been published but comments from Nick Boles suggest it is similar to his.
The crucial section tries to force the Government to delay exit day from March 29 if there is no deal.
Under the current timetable, Britain leaves the EU two years after it formally triggered talks by using Article 50 of the EU’s treaty.
The Boles draft said if there is no deal by March 5, the Government must seek a two year extension.
The EU has said it will consider an extension if the UK needs more time to implement a deal – but two years for more talks is a very different idea.
It could mean the Government is forced to cancel the Article 50 notification altogether to avoid breaking the new law.
None of this will happen if the MPs cannot change Commons rules to get their draft laws onto the agenda for votes as by default they will never be debated.
‘The remain side is well funded, well organised. They are getting ready for another referendum. It would negligent of the Eurosceptics not to do so.’
He said his old Ukip Party – which has taken a dramatic turn to the far right since he left – is ‘unsalvageable’ and he is working on a new party.
He told the BBC: ‘We are getting ready, we are building branches and a structure all over the country.
‘I hope we never ever have to effectively use the vehicle but we are building it and that is Leave Mean Leave.’
On Brexit being delayed, he added: ‘If this happens, I will make sure that there is a political party there with a list that I can be part of.’
The warning comes as the Cabinet war over no-deal Brexit escalated today as Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt went public in defence of crashing out of the EU.
The Brexit-backing Cabinet minister said that crashing out with no agreement is better than accepting a bad deal.
Theresa May’s senior ministers are deeply split over what to do if her deal cannot be pushed through Parliament after Tuesday’s 230-vote rout.
Ms Mordaunt insisted today the EU had to believe a no deal Brexit was still an option to win new concessions from Brussels and make the deal acceptable to Tory rebels.
Following a debate on last night’s Question Time, Ms Mordaunt launched her staunch defence of preparing for no deal today.
She said: ‘The upsides of leaving outweigh the downsides of staying/No Deal disruption.
‘It’s only when no deal is better than a is believed by the EU that we’ll maximise our chance of a deal.
‘Not honouring the result of the referendum would be appalling.’
The new developments come as it emerged five Tory ministers warned Theresa May yesterday they would resign if she did not offer a free vote on a Plan B Brexit
Mr Boles confirmed it was from the same team who drafted his plans earlier this week. Neither version can make progress without a dramatic suspension of the normal rules of Parliament
Other ministers – led by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Justice Secretary David Gauke – have warned no deal is so bad they would resign to stop it.
The splits come as Mrs May has been holding talks with rival political leaders to try to come up with a Brexit Pan B in the wake of her humiliating defeat.
She held a ‘constructive’ calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch PM Mark Rutte last night, and is expected to have more calls with EU leaders in the coming days.
And she will today hold meetings with many of her Cabinet ministers in No10 today to discuss Brexit and how the cross-party talks have gone.
As Mrs May gathers members of her top team for crisis talks today, Tory and Labour backbenchers are trying to seize control of the Brexit talks.
Ms Cooper’s Bill is expected to demand a none-month extension to Article 50, and is expected to get the backing of several Tory MPs.