Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party | Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’
New party’s first candidate is Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister.
Updated 4/12/19, 3:52 PM CET
Nigel Farage launched his new Brexit Party on Friday, promising “a revolution in British politics” and pledging that there will be “no more Mr. Nice Guy.”
Speaking in Coventry in the West Midlands, Farage accused Britain’s politicians of “managed decline,” adding “I genuinely believe this nation, right now, we are lions led by donkeys.”
“I do believe that we can win these European elections and that we can again start to put the fear of God into our members of parliament in Westminster — they deserve nothing less than that after the way they have treated us.”
In a Telegraph op-ed Friday, Farage claimed his new party has raised more than £750,000 in donations since its launch 10 days ago and said more than 1,000 people have applied to be candidates for the European election. “In 25 years of campaigning, I have never seen such a reaction,” he wrote.
One of those candidates has a well known last name(s) — Rees-Mogg. Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata. The 40-year-old freelance journalist previously ran as a Conservative parliamentary candidate. A tweet announcing the candidacy of Rees-Mogg, whose father was a long-time editor of the Times, said: “Brexit is being betrayed, it’s time to send a clear message to the establishment.”