The former Ukip leader welcomed to the stage of the Brexit Party launch an unexpected former Conservative member and sister of staunch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ms Annunziata Rees-Mogg. Ms Rees-Mogg explained she has been a full-time mother for the last eight years, adding she wanted to “avoid the negative comments and the violence that can come from putting your name above the parapet and standing for what you believe in”.
She said: “I joined the Conservative Party in 1984 and this is not a decision I have made lightly – to leave a party for which I have fought at every election since 1987, from Maggie Thatcher through to Theresa May.
“I know which one I’d rather have representing us now.”
Speaking before her, Nigel Farage said he wants to mount a “democratic revolution” to overturn the existing political order in Britain.
The former Ukip leader said it marked the start of the fightback against a career political class that had betrayed the Brexit referendum.
“I haven’t spent 25 years of my life doing that to simply roll over and to allow a career political class to betray that result without me fighting back. The fightback begins here,” he said.
“Our two-party system simply cannot cope with Brexit. Our two-party system has been exposed as being unfit for purpose. We have a Parliament that is completely out of touch with our country. Politics is broken.
“Our task and our mission are to change politics for good.”
He added: “I said that if I did come back into the political fray it would be no more Mr Nice Guy and I mean it. I am angry.
“I said many years ago I wanted to cause an earthquake in British politics. Now what I will attempt to achieve is a democratic revolution in British politics.”
Last week alone the Party received “hundreds of thousands of pounds” in donations as it gears up for May’s European elections. It is set to field 70 candidates across the country.
An insider told the Financial Times: “You’ll be very pleasantly surprised by the sort of people who will be standing to represent the 17.4m people.
“The message is going to be ‘deliver Brexit’: these elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard loud and clear to the powers that be.”
Last weekend, Mr Farage revealed the party was selecting representatives from “all walks of life”.