The cross-party alliance backed by Nigel Farage and other leading Eurosceptics has raised a war chest of tens of thousands of pounds and recruited 1,000 volunteers ready to take to the streets if a fresh poll is triggered. Senior figures in the pressure group fear another EU referendum could be called following an expected Commons defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit deal with Brussels next month. Leave Means Leave also plans a mass rally in Westminster on December 14, three days after the so-called “meaningful vote” on the deal by MPs on the deal.
Richard Tice, one of the founders of Leave Means Leave, said: “The worst-case scenario for us is a second referendum but if it comes we are going to be ready for it.
“We’ve got 1,000 volunteers signed up and ready to go.
“We’ve raised a useful slug of money. We’ll need it if it comes to it.”
A new Leave Means Leave battle bus is ready to hit the road in a national campaign for a full Brexit, Mr Tice added.
A series of posters condemning the Prime Minister’s agreement with the EU as “the worst deal in history” was launched by the campaign group.
Mr Farage, an MEP and former leader of Ukip, was confident Leave would win again if a fresh vote was held on the UK’s EU membership.
“I think we would win. It would be about people’s sense of fair play plus a bit of bloody mindedness.
Mr Farage indicated that he was ready to quit Ukip unless leader Gerard Batten faced a no-confidence vote at a crunch meeting of the party’s national executive committee at the weekend.
The MEP accused Mr Batten, who has appointed the far-Right activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser, of turning Ukip into a new version of the extremist British National Party.
“We won’t stand for it,” Mr Farage. “If Batten wins this we will become the BNP.”
Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn quit the party in protest at Mr Batten’s leadership.
He said the party had become “an impediment to the Brexit campaigning that I have energetically pursued for many years”.
Mr O’Flynn, a former Daily Express journalist who has represented the East of England in the European Parliament since 2014, said that he was quitting to join the Social Democratic Party.
In a statement on his website Mr O’Flynn attacked the decision to align with Mr Robinson, including in an upcoming Brexit protest, saying: “Without any mandate from the membership or the party’s elected ruling body to go down this path, Gerard is transforming what Ukip stands for and offers to voters.
“Many long-standing party members have already left as a result.
“Today I am joining them because I have reached the sorry conclusion that Ukip under its current direction and at this decisive moment has become an impediment to the Brexit campaigning that I have energetically pursued for many years.
“The key question in British politics now is which party are millions of sensible, moderate Brexit voters betrayed by establishment parties but wishing no tie-up with Tommy Robinson supposed to vote for?
“The answer, alas, is clearly not Ukip.”
Speakers at the Leave Means Leave rally at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in central London are expected to include Mr Farage, Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, Labour MPs Kate Hoey and Graham Stringer, Democratic Unionist Party MP Sammy Wilson and Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain.
The event is scheduled to coincide with the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, the first opportunity for the Prime Minister to address EU leaders in the aftermath of the Commons vote on her deal.
Published at Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:35:00 +0000