What’s Happening with the Brexit Party?

Remember the Brexit Party? Perhaps not, but they were once a political force, winning the 2019 EU elections just four months after they’d be born; yet seven months later they went on to a staggering election showing of no seats. Guido realised no other hacks had mentioned the party since the election, so he thought he’d check in with them…

Guido learns the party isn’t going anywhere for the moment, unlike other Brexit groups like Brexit Central who have announced they’re closing shop at the end of the month. Instead, the remaining staff – slimmed down considerably since the election – have their eye on a new deadline of this December, ensuring they are fully operational and able to “pounce” in case Boris starts drifting towards a softer Brexit.

The big question remains under what guise the party continues – here there are conflicting reports; with one source claiming they are preparing to rebrand and re-launch as the touted ‘Reform Party’ ahead of the local elections in May, whereas another senior source was coy in saying the ‘Reform Party’ has been completely signed off, with other “interesting options being considered”. The source wouldn’t be pressed, however insisted they are – without a sense of irony – looking to Europe for their inspiration…

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MEPs Offered Massively Subsidised Goodies by EU

Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney has revealed that every member of the European Parliament is given a duty-free catalogue of goodies to buy at massively cheaper prices than the people they represent. The brochure includes the offer of 200 cigarettes for just £7, and fizz for only £4. This is, of course, on top of the €105,092 salary and fixed receipt-free ‘expenses’ allowance…

Just 24 days until Brits finally leave this circus…

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Brexit Party’s Head of Digital Strategy Left Two Weeks into the Election

To add to the Brexit Party’s woes today in light of four MEPs resigning the whip, Guido learns their Deputy Head of Digital, and Head of Digital Strategy, left two weeks into the election, after having resigned at the end of October. Given their lack of air time, digital ads were crucial to their success…

Ed Jankowski, who joined the party in April, left a fortnight into the election due to frustration at the party’s ideological – not data-driven – kamikaze campaign. The Brexit Party currently has no active Facebook ads just a week before the general election and claim their Facebook operation was Jankowski’s remit…

It is understood Ed was replaced by the former Chair of UKIP’s Youth Wing, Jamie Ross McKenzie (who was previously given a police caution for assault). There are few wheels left to fall off the Brexit Party’s campaign…

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Read in Full: Brexit Party’s Gang of Four’s Resignation Letter

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Read in Full: The Brexit Party’s 2019 Manifesto*

*Sorry, ‘Contract with the People’…

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Brexit Party Candidate Reported to Electoral Commission Over False Declaration Accusation

The Brexit Party’s candidate for the key Tory target of North Norfolk has been reported to the electoral commission over claims he made a false declaration in his nomination statement. The constituency’s ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’ form declares that the Brexit Party’s Harry Gwynne lives at “(Address in North Norfolk constituency)”, but a newspaper article just one week ago reports he “lives in Brentford in London”. The correspondence address he lists on Companies House is also in Brentford…

Candidates are forbidden from using temporary addresses as their home address, even if they stay there for some time. It’s a criminal offence to knowingly provide false information on a nomination paper.

The North Norfolk district council has confirmed to Guido that they have also received a report into the candidate and will be publishing a full response later today. Perhaps Gwynne should have taken tips from the Brexit Party’s candidate in Tynemouth, who honestly lists his address as in Australia…

UPDATE: Mr Gwynne tells Guido “My family and I have been visiting and staying in Norfolk for my entire life and our family home has been here in North Norfolk since 2007. I am registered to vote in North Norfolk and the implication that this is a temporary address as alluded to in your article is factually incorrect.

I do have also have an address and business interests in London which require me to spend time there and are registered there accordingly.”

UPDATE II: Guido understands that Norfolk Police have found there was no case to answer for Harry Gwynne over the accusations and questions reported to them with regard to his home address.

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