In a story in The Independent, UKIP confirmed that they will work with Steve Bannon’s new organisation called The Movement. Bannon aims to bring together populist, anti-EU parties across the continent into one bloc following the European Elections next year. Matteo Salvini, Italian Interior Minister and head of the Lega Party, has also called for the formation of a new united bloc.
Britain will not be holding a new set of European Elections and British MEPs, including UKIPs, will leave the European Parliment after the official culmination of the Article 50 process on March 29th 2019.
However, a spokesman for UKIP’s EFDD group told The Independent:
Steve Bannon certainly seems to offer a different perspective, and with his experience of American politics, he could exert a large impact on the European scene which is currently going through quite a change.
“Ukip MEPs wish to leave the EU in March 2019 and have no desire to return to its facade of democracy in Brussels. The MEPs will, however, be happy to share their experience with a new army of eurosceptic MEPs from the liberated UK.”
Great news for the struggle for a Free Europe.
UPDATE: Gerard Batten, UKIPs leader, has denied the truth of this story. He tweeted the below:
Fake News Alert: UKIP has not entered into any alliance with Steve Bannon. Mr Bannon has not contacted me. If he had I would have been pleased to speak to him, but he didn’t. Anyone claiming to speak for UKIP in this matter is only speaking for themselves https://t.co/qiWQ6CxLfd
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) 29 July 2018