Nigel Farage to turn Brexit Party into anti-containment political movement

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While Farage and his party have had little electoral success since the 2016 Brexit vote, his appeal to disenfranchised and right-wing voters is alarming the Conservative Party.

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Johnson ordered the month-long shutdown on Saturday night after learning that a second wave was set to kill 85,000 people in the winter and overwhelm the National Health Service.

Farage said the government’s handling of the pandemic had been “dismal”.

“The strategy has been to terrify the nation until it submits, coupled with a barrage of blockages, rules, regulations and threats,” he said.

“It’s about buying time, in the hope that a vaccine will miraculously arrive.”

The new lockdown is due to expire on December 2, but can be extended if rising infection rates do not abate. A group of rebel Tory MPs are expected to vote against the measure in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Farage did not make the Reform UK announcement in the UK because he is in the US for Tuesday’s election. He is a personal friend of US President Donald Trump and has spoken on stage at rallies.

The Brexit Party leader dodged the ban on British nationals entering the United States by applying for a journalist visa. He is a columnist for the London newspaper The telegraph, who published her opinion piece on the Brexit Party name change on Sunday evening.

In a video recorded in the lavish foyer of the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, Farage said the average age of death for coronavirus victims in Britain was 82.

“I think it’s quite safe to say that this second lockdown means that ultimately more people will die from other illnesses, because they haven’t been diagnosed, than will die from COVID. -19. “

He provided no evidence to support this claim.

Political experts questioned Reform UK’s potential on Sunday night, pointing to polls which suggest a majority supports the new lockdown.

Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics at the University of Kent, said Farage had a long way to go to hold Johnson to account over the economic divide between the north and south of the country, the fallout from Brexit and the problems of ‘immigration.

“There is certainly a 5 to 15% party in which is more than enough to scare off Tory backbenchers and influence politics,” he said on Twitter. “Zero seats in Westminster but, as we know, Farage does not need a seat to influence politics.”

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