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Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has applied to the Electoral Commission to change its name to Reform UK. The party contested 275 seats and took 2 percent of votes but did not succeed in electing an MP in the 2019 general election. Chairman Richard Tice told TalkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the party will now seek to offer an alternative solution to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Tice said the party will seek to enforce a new coronavirus strategy that will see elders and more vulnerable people in society shield in isolation, while the rest of the population builds up herd immunity.
He said: “Let’s remember this was the original strategy of the Government, to build up a level of immunity through the population.
“Because you cannot eliminate this virus, you can’t get rid of it, we have to learn to live with it.
“We have to learn not to hide in fear of it but actually to stand up, to stand tall, to stand confident and to face into it.
“And for the vast majority, over 99.5 percent of people who catch the virus, they survive with either no symptoms or flu-like symptoms.
“It is only dangerous for a tiny, tiny minority of people.”
The party will now broaden its agenda to include coronavirus and seek “reform” in other areas.
Party leader Nigel Farage said: “As promised, we continue to keep a very close eye on the Government’s trade negotiations with the EU, to ensure a proper Brexit.
“Further reform in many other areas is also vital for our nation’s future.”
Mr Tice added: “The need for major reform in the UK is clearer now than ever.
“A new approach is essential, so that Government works for the people, not for itself. The most urgent issue is a new coronavirus strategy, so that we learn to live with it, not hide in fear of it.”
Mr Farage said in December that the party could become the “reform party” if the UK leaves the EU on January 31.
He revealed he had already registered the name as he added it would “have to campaign to change politics for good”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday ordered England back into a national lockdown from Thursday morning after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.
The UK, which has the biggest official death toll in Europe from COVID-19, is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day and scientists have warned the “worst case” scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded.
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Mr Farage, a former commodities trader, has transformed British politics over the past decade by poaching Conservative voters to force a succession of prime ministers toward ever-tougher positions on Europe.
Mr Farage, whom US President Donald Trump calls a friend, has spoken alongside the President in the election campaign.
He said lockdowns don’t work.
Instead, Mr Farage proposed targeting those most a risk, like the sick and the elderly, but said ordinary people should not be criminalised for trying to live normal lives such as meeting family for Christmas.
“The rest of the population should, with good hygiene measures and a dose of common sense, get on with life. This way we build immunity in the population,” he said.
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