The former Ukip leader begins his campaign for the upcoming European elections on May 23 in Coventry this morning. Nigel Farage has already vowed to lead a fightback against the establishment that has “wilfully betrayed our trust” during the next few weeks of their campaign. The Brexit Party is looking to ramp up support ahead of the European elections, which Britain will likely be forced to participate in after the European Union granted an extension to Brexit until June 30.
But despite the party being in its infancy, Mr Farage has already taken aim at the Conservatives and Labour, claiming the UK is being held back by “weak leadership”.
He vowed the Brexit Party will give the British public the chance to change politics for good, proclaiming “the time to change this is now”.
Mr Farage, who experienced success in the 2014 European election with Ukip, wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Three years after the British people voted decisively to take back their independence, they have a chance to speak again.
“The new Brexit Party will ask the electorate not only to support a clean break from the European Union, but also to begin a political revolution in the UK.
“No Brexiteer – least of all me – wanted to contest the European elections on 23 May. But from disaster springs opportunity.
“Next month’s enforced ballot will allow us to bring about a far wider change in our broken political system.
He added: “The fact is, our ruling class no longer believes in Britain. In them, there is a blithe acceptance of managed decline.
“I feel differently. We are a great nation and a great people. But we are being held back by weak leadership. The time to change this is now.
“We see the next few weeks as the beginning of a fightback against an establishment that has wilfully betrayed our trust.
“Our two-party system is shattered. It must be put out of its misery. The electorate has the power to effect this desperately needed change if it acts now.”
Mr Farage also said even before their campaign for the European elections has begun, the Brexit Party has raised more than £750,000 in “small donations” over the past 10 days.
The Brexiteer also described early support for the party from politicians as “encouraging”, with former Tory MPs Ann Widdecombe and Michael Brown among those pledging their support.
More than 1,000 people of “high calibre” have also applied to be on the party’s European candidates’ list.
Mr Farage’s optimism has been backed by a new poll which suggests a huge number of voters are ready to back the Brexit Party in the upcoming elections after becoming increasingly frustrated at the handling of the UK’s exit from the EU by the Conservatives and Labour.
A survey by Open Europe conducted by Hanbury Strategy of 2,000 people from April 5-8 found 37.8 percent intend to vote for Labour, with the Tories a distant second on 23 percent.
But already 10.3 percent of those polled said they intend to vote for the Brexit Party, suggesting it is ready to pounce on the political uncertainty engulfing the Conservatives and Labour.
Commenting on the backing his party has received so far, Mr Farage added in the Daily Telegraph: “It is clear they are motivated not merely by the Brexit betrayal, but by a belief that career politicians are too incompetent to run this country.
“It is time for those who have never done a deal in their life to be replaced.
“Our campaign for 23 May has begun. This is the most ambitious project I have ever launched in my life.
“If, as I believe, the people want to change politics for good, I am going to give them the opportunity to make that happen.”