Rees-Mogg: I’m ‘open’ to Farage rejoining the Tories
PUBLISHED: 11:36 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:45 21 January 2019
Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would be open to the idea of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage joining the Conservative party.
Become a Supporter
Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only continue to grow with your support.
Rees-Mogg, the chairman of the European Research Group, told LBC Radio: “If the Conservative party could reunite with the reasonable elements of UKIP that would be very good news and Nigel would be part of that.”
He said that such a move would “be much easier now than it would have been when he was still a member of UKIP”, because of the eurosceptic party’s new links with Tommy Robinson.
Farage quit UKIP last year over current leader Gerard Batten’s association with Robinson, the co-founder of the English Defence League.
Rees-Mogg added: “It may be a little bit early, though personally I hold Nigel in the highest regard and think he was one of the people who was instrumental in delivering Brexit... but perhaps a little bit more purdah is required.”
Farage has claimed that he will run again to be a Member of European Parliament if Article 50 is extended and European elections take place.
There is suggestions he could form a new party should Brexit not be delivered, but for now his party of choosing was a “work in progress”.
He said: “There are lots of parties out there that one could pick up and use right now. I’m working on it.”
Become a Supporter
Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press with your support. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.Become a supporter