Nigel Farage hails Brexit and warns of China in address
The Brexit Party has officially changed its name to Reform UK, after getting approval from the UK elections watchdog. The Electoral Commission approved the name change despite objections from the think tank Reform. The think tank described the decision as “incredibly disappointing”.
The Brexit Party was set up to campaign for a “clean-break Brexit” ahead of the 2019 European elections, in which it won 29 seats – more than any other UK party.
Now, Mr Farage is reportedly planning on recruiting 1,000 candidates to stand in this year’s upcoming May local elections.
Little has been revealed of what Reform UK will stand for; however, it is believed the party will push for a more lax approach toward Covid-19 restrictions.
Moreover, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Lord David Owen shed light on one of the crusades Mr Farage will lead.
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The former Foreign Secretary and SDP co-founder told Express.co.uk: “Mark my words – Nigel Farage has a proven record of getting shifts of opinion in this country.
“And now, he has singled out reforming the House of Lords.
“He has chosen proportional representation and the House of Lords.
“He will lead with the House of Lords, though.
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“It won’t be very hard to pull out.”
When Mr Farage launched his general election campaign in November, he had announced that on top of Brexit, his party would also push for voting reform, the abolition of the House of Lords in favour of an elected second chamber, and the creation of a written constitution.
The Brexit Party, though, did not win any seats.
The House of Lords has now ballooned to accommodate around 830 peers with only the Chinese Parliament and Congress having a larger unelected legislative body.
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Peers appointed this year include Scottish Tory MSP Ruth Davidson, former MEP Daniel Hannan, and the chairman of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign Jennifer Chapman.
Since its creation, many Prime Ministers have attempted to reform the upper chamber and failed.
Boris Johnson was said to be looking at plans to turn it into an elected US-style senate.
However, nobody in Government seems to be concerned with changing the current voting system – First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) – which Mr Farage believes to be “totally bankrupt”.
In the past, he has made the case for proportional representation (PR), in which the number of parliamentary seats allocated to a political party reflects that party’s share of the popular vote.
In 2011, the UK voted overwhelmingly to reject changing the way MPs are elected in a referendum – dealing a bitter blow to former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who campaigned in favour of an Alternative Vote (AV) system.
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