Gareth Bennett AM, Member of the Welsh Assembly and former leader of the UKIP group in the Senedd, sensationally quit the Party yesterday and launched a broadside at both crumbling UKIP and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
In a video posted to Twitter, Mr. Bennett said that both UKIP and the Brexit Party are effectively sabotaging Brexit and campaigning for Remain by challenging the Conservatives and Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal:
Farage’s Brexit Party & UKIP are now trying to sabotage Brexit. If the Conservatives lose the election, we get a Remain Parliament – and won’t leave the EU at all. I have therefore decided to resign from UKIP to sit as an Independent AM – so that I can support Boris’s deal. pic.twitter.com/Uigaj9KSiM
— Gareth Bennett AM (@GarethBennettAM) November 7, 2019
Mr. Bennett’s comments come as controversy continues to rage over whether the Brexit Party should continue to stand in all seats. A rash of constituency polling has shown that a Brexit Party candidate could either lead to a Conservative loss, in the case of Porstmouth South to a Liberal Democrat, or in the case of Gedling allow a Remain-backing Labour MP to cling onto their seat.
Leave EU, one of the most prominent pro-Brexit campaigning organisations have called upon Mr. Johnson and Mr. Farage to see sense and strike a deal that will see both parties working together to combat the threat to Brexit from a win by Parties supporting remaining in the EU at the ballot box. In some instances, they have said that the Brexit Party should stand aside but in Hartlepool, they called for the Conservatives to stand aside to allow Richard Tice, who was announced as the Brexit Party candidate yesterday, a free run at Labour and they said Mr. Tice was the ‘real opposition’ to Labour.
Whatever is decided this is the weekend that the final decision will be taken as nominations to stand on December 12th close next Tuesday. Brexiteers will be awaiting the outcome with baited breath.