Nigel Farage describes the growth of 'supporters' who pay £25 to join his party. He doesn’t use the word 'member' - why?
There is no identified membership of the Brexit Party - the website uses the term 'supporters'. The party was registered as a political party on 5th Feb, 2019.
It was first registered as a company in November 2018 by Catherine Blaiklock who resigned as its leader in March of this year, before it was registered as a political party. Her role as secretary to the company wasn’t terminated till 11th April 2019 and finally as a director 3rd May 2019.
Nigel Paul Farage was appointed as a Director on 29th March 2019, appointment notified on 12th April.
Companies House received notification of Nigel Farage as a person of significant control on 8th May 2019. On his registration document he lists his occupation as ‘Leader of a Political Party’.
The Brexit Party was registered as a political party on 5th February 2019
On the Brexit Party website the Party invites people to register as a supporter, not a member, because, as these sections from the Articles of Association, Votes of Members say:
So, if they let anyone be a member, the three current members lose their power.
My first question is: why can’t people be members and help you build this movement? Don’t you trust them?
My second question relates to the Brexit Party being so anti parliamentarian – believing Parliament to be ignoring the will of the people in the 2016 referendum, ignoring the issue that both Labour and Tory parties campaigned for negotiation in the 2017 election. Now just suspend your opinion for the moment and ask the question, if the country voted to leave in 2016 and then returned the two largest parties to parliament in 2017 to negotiate an agreement why does the Brexit Party believe Parliament is ignoring the will of the electorate?
Why is Brexit Party campaigning against parliamentary process when its Company Objectives state that “ the United Kingdom shall again be governed by laws made by its own parliament, which must be directly and solely accountable to electorate of the United Kingdom”?
The United Kingdom voted to leave, then it voted for a hung Parliament, with a myriad of opinions, to negotiate that leaving. Why can’t the Brexit Party accept this? Please Nigel, tell me.
Oh and, while I’m on this one, winning seats in the European Parliament is not mentioned in the Articles of Association. As your rules acknowledge the supremacy of Parliament, how can you claim a seat at the negotiating table if you win a number of EU Parliamentary seats? Answers please, on a post card.
My next question relates to a no deal Brexit, WTO and general trade agreement. Again, in the Company Objectives it states that the Company will:
So, my question is: Can you explain how you are going to do that (or propose how the UK does that)? Where do we go to knock on the door of the WTO to “respect and preserve all trade protocols and agreements negotiated…” What trade agreements, agreed when and by whom and how long will this take?
My Last question concerns your Election Communication (2019 EU Elections). In that you state:
“We need to change politics for good. Let’s put the principles of Trust, Honesty and Integrity at the heart of our democracy. This is about more than Brexit. It’s about what kind of country we are.”
Given that you have a party of 3 members and the rest are ‘supporters’, that you do not believe in the will of the people to elect a parliament to make decisions what kind of democracy do you believe in?
What say will your supporters have in the direction of the Brexit Party in the future?
Do you believe that the only democratic vote that counts is the result of the referendum of 2016?
What sort of parliament do you want to see, one elected by people, representing their believes and values or one that only agrees with your views and the 2016 referendum?