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REFORM UK: Farage To Relaunch Brexit Party as Anti-Lockdown Movement Amid Tory Civil War

 

BREXIT Party boss Nigel Farage is to reform the party as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK, as Tory MPs go to war with Number Ten over Lockdown. 

The Telegraph reported that the party had submitted plans to legally change the name of the Brexit Party to Reform UK via the UK’s Electoral Commission. 

Mr Farage tweeted last night: “There is now a political choice on lockdown and we wait to see whether we get a genuine Brexit.” 

“Beyond that, our whole system of government is not working and needs wholesale reform.” he added. 

TORY CIVIL WAR 

by JACK PEARCE 

BORIS Johnson faces a rebellion from his backbenchers over the new national lockdown restrictions for England amid warnings that the measures would be “disastrous” for the economy.

The Commons will debate the Government’s proposals to control the spread of coronavirus this week, with a vote expected on Wednesday, but some Conservative MPs have suggested they could vote against them.

Tory former minister Sir Desmond Swayne said it would take a “huge amount of persuasion for me to vote for this disastrous course of action”.

“I’m worried about the disastrous consequences for unemployment, for wrecked businesses, for years of under-investment while we try and pay this off, when the reality is that the number of deaths for the time of year is normal and expected,” he told Sky News.

“It is very difficult to believe scientists who tell you that there is a deadly pandemic taking place when there are no excess deaths beyond the normal five-year average.”

He added: “I think we have chosen a course which is worse than deaths from the virus.”

Conservative former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the announcement of another lockdown was a “body blow” to the British people.

He tweeted: “Just as the economy was picking up, even giving cause for optimism, we’re now to impersonate the Grand Old Duke of York, giving in to the scientific advisers & marching England back into another lockdown.

“The way that the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has pressurised the Government into taking this decision has been unprecedented. Normally, advisers advise & ministers decide.

“Yet that system has broken down … with Sage believing its advice to be more like commandments written on stone and its members publicly lecturing the Government over the airways when it disagrees.

“This is despite the fact that many of its recommendations have been hotly disputed by other reputable scientists.”

Additional Reporting by PA Media 

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