Further to my numerous emails and articles written I think the chances of The Brexit Party and UKIP working together in any constructive way, shape or form to maximise the Brexit vote at coming elections is now ZERO. The comments from both Mr Batten and Mr Farage today about one another in my opinion were counter-productive. I have a number of personal thoughts on what is going on but I will not let them cloud my judgement. I will present to you two partisan arguments (which are not official positions of UK Unity) and then our final assessment of the best way forward.
A Positive Review-
The Brexit Party launch today was extremely slick and well managed, the setting was bang on as was the imagery. The candidates who spoke were very human and as ever Farage showed he is a fearsome political operator and communicator with a substantial social media portfolio to utilise. They will continue to gain the majority of the mainstream media coverage and in my opinion will comfortable poll ahead of UKIP in the Euro Elections, whether they will win or not is debatable but Mr Farage certainly felt confident enough to place a bet on it! They will be extremely well funded and appeal very much to disgruntled Conservative voters and UKIP stalwarts from the coastal areas (where it first came to prominence) and even potentially tapping into Labour brexiteers.
Farage said this is not just a party for these elections but for so much more that will appeal not only ex- Conservatives but also the 5 million Labour voters who voted leave. He also intimated that he has spoken extensively with President Trump. Farage said he was forced to leave UKIP over their obsession with Islam and the Brexit Party would not be 'intolerant of intolerance' and not allow 'thuggish' elements with criminal records to get involved in it like UKIP has. He also said they were confronted by these 'thuggish' elements at the Leave Means Leave rally. The Brexit Party offers a clean slate, an untarnished brand and something new to voters.
The analysis that I produced yesterday on the potential impact of UKIP/ The Brexit Party running against each other has resulted in a great deal of discussion. The overwhelming number of comments and responses is that they want Mr Batten & Mr Farage, two Brexit warriors, to put their differences aside and work together.
Now I am a realist and I understand there is a great deal of bad blood and other issues but what I am going to do now is come up with a compromise that can work for everyone, a Blairite third way if you pardon the expression!
Firstly I would like to set a bit of context to this argument and the evidence to be presented. I am the founder of UK Unity and co-founder of Unity News Network, a genuine grassroots movement to campaign for Brexit & national enewal and a modern news information centre.
I have always been a 'euro-sceptic' but up until around a few months previous to the referendum of 2016 I was veering Remain, this was until David Cameron was humiliated in his negotiations and then I realised that we had to leave the EU. Leaving the EU means a full and proper Brexit. This has to be a WTO Brexit and a clean break, without this the reality is the UK would be a rule taker and colony of the EU.
In terms of voting and party loyalties I have been a member of both the Conservative Party and The Labour Party. Socially I believe in family values and promoting the Christian heritage of the UK. However economically I believe in a system that works for everyone and not just multi-nationals or big business. I have been around and involved in Politics for nearly 13 years and as a 'canny Scot' I am extremely sceptical of those who promise undeliverable aims and grandiose plans in order to string the wider public along. In anything that both UK Unity or Unity News has said it will do in terms of raising money it has delivered, we are not in the game of exploiting people or playing on emotions but rather delivering achievables.
Leaving the EU allows us to reclaim our sovereignty and independence as a nation. It also allows us to go down a new economic path away from the neo-liberal Blairite policies that have destroyed many working class communities of Britain and reduced the overall feeling of wealth in the UK. We can set our own trade deals and prioritise our own industries.
It doesn't look likely that we will be leaving the European Union anytime soon and even if we do it looks more and more likely it will be the softest of Brexit's with membership of the customs union which is an unmitigated disaster.
So this leads us on to the coming Council Elections on May the 2nd and also The European Elections at the end of May, many people have been asking for a comprehensive analysis of how this might play out so here it is.Read more
Lee Sibley and the team was in Gloucester yesterday for a march which took place and we had overwhelmingly support from the protestors who decided to spend there weekend to support us and of course those who read our leadlests for what we stand for.
We hope the weekend after this one coming will be bigger amounts especially when we redo Gloucester and outside of the MP’s offices.
is your one of the 17.4 million electorate or was a remainer now a leaver then it’s your time to rise and join UK Unity org.Read more
UK Unity was established in November 2017 out of the concern that we would be betrayed over Brexit. Not only has this happened but even more so than most could possibly have imagined! We are a not for profit organisation that has no salaried employees. All the money received from members and donors goes directly towards campaign expenses.
Not only are we a significant force to be reckoned with on social media our demonstrations have been well attended with national news coverage.
In April last year as a spin off we launched Unity News Network as a commercial venture providing you with something different due to the bias of the mainstream media. We are now one of the fastest growing and largest alternative news channels in the UK! We have just launched our new app and we have a favour to ask and that is you download the app to your mobile as we are worried about social media censorship. This way we can keep getting in touch with you direct. So please:
SIGN the petition here now: https://www.ukunity.org.uk/save_stroud_save_rural_england
Please see below sent as Urgent delivered to Number 10 Downing Street today:
Dear Mrs May,
Firstly in the spirit of goodwill may we wish you a recovery from your voice related problems. I can understand now is a difficult time for you. I am the Spokesperson for UK Unity, a grassroots campaign for change in the UK.
Since the start of the day 22,000 have signed a petition calling on you to vote to keep a WTO Brexit/ No deal on the table. Poll after poll has shown the majority of people now want a WTO Brexit to allow the referendum result to be honoured. We kindly ask that you and The Conservative Party follow the will of the people.
If you and your party choose to go down a route of electoral destruction and decide against a proper Brexit we will make it our purpose and aim to ensure you are the last Prime Minister of the once proud Conservative Party and it will go the way of the Whigs and the Liberals.
UK Unity has launched a last ditch petition in an attempt to make sure we can still have a proper Brexit!
The petition reads:
"Theresa May has always said No Deal is better than a Bad Deal. She has now said she herself will vote against this and has given the Conservatives a free vote on the issue! We need to get this petition Massive NOW!!!! Taking WTO off the table will reduce our ability to negotiate and for many is a betrayal of 17.4 million people. Please sign and share widely across social media and we will submit this to the PM and MP's by e-mail and social media by 18:00 today."