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The former Ukip leader, who is returning to front line politics, claimed Britain was a country of “lions led by donkeys” as he called for the political class to be replaced “by those who know how the real world works”.
Launching the party’s European election campaign in Coventry, Mr Farage said it marked the start of the fightback against a career political class that had betrayed the Brexit referendum.
He also unveiled a series of candidates to contest the elections next month, including Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister, who told the audience she could “not stand by” whilst “our democracy has been so betrayed”.
She is one of 70 Brexit Party candidates who will fighting the May 23 elections, should they go ahead.
Mr Farage said the party had already received £750,000 within 10 days, which he claimed had mainly come from small donors who were funding the “rebirth of democracy in this country.''
"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,” he continued.
"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.
"We can again start to put the fear of God into our MPs. They deserve nothing less after the way they treated us.
“I think what we have seen over the course of the last four weeks is the betrayal, the wilful betrayal of the greatest democratic exercise of this nation.
“I genuinely believe right now, this nation, we are lions led by donkeys."
Whilst the party’s immediate aim is to win the largest number of seats in the European Parliament, Mr Farage said his ambitions were far greater.
“This party is not here just to fight the European elections... this party is not just to express our anger - May 23 is the first step of the Brexit Party.
"We will change politics for good.”
Whilst support for the Brexit Party has grown in recent weeks, it has already suffered a series of setbacks.
The original leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit last month after it was revealed she had been retweeting far-right figures on her Twitter feed.
The party’s treasurer was also forced to quit after posting antisemitic messages on his social media accounts.
The Brexit Party was registered in February this year and has since attracted numerous ex-UKIP members, including eight MEPs.
Hammond defends no deal spending
He told Sky News: "It would have been irresponsible not to prepare for no deal so long as it was a real, possible outcome.
"Making preparations for events we hope will not happen is an everyday part of Government - we prepare for all sorts of outcomes to ensure we have readiness and we can manage them and mitigate the effects of them if they arise.
"Just to be clear about this, we've spent £4 billion so far on preparing for Brexit, but that is not just for a no-deal Brexit.
"Much of that money would be needed to be spent anyway in preparing us for Brexit, putting in place new systems to replace EU systems we've been using up to now."
Rees-Mogg regrets sister's defection to Brexit Party
"The Brexit Party is fortunate to have such a high-calibre candidate but I am sorry that Annunziata has left the Conservative Party," he said in a statement.
Brexit Party immediate focus is on European elections
He added: "For now we are focused on May 23, for now we are focused on this question of democracy, this question of trust, and indeed this question of competence."
He said he did not know how the Brexit Party would do, but had placed a £1,000 bet at 3-1 on it topping the polls in the European elections.
In an apparent swipe at his former party Ukip's direction under current leader Gerard Batten, he said the Brexit Party would provide voters with "a decent, respectable, competent political vehicle that they can believe in and they can vote for".
"I think we're going to set something exciting, a spark. It's going to happen over the course of the next few weeks," he said.
"I do believe that we can win these European elections and that we can again start to put the fear of God into our Members of Parliament in Westminster. They deserve nothing less than that after the way they've treated us over this betrayal."
Farage attacks Ukip
“[The party] have decided to go down a route where there seems to be a complete obsession with Islam. They have attracted a loutish fringe.
“I don’t think that middle England decent people want to vote for a party that is linked to extremism, criminal records and thuggery.”
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He said the political system desperately needed shaking up, saying: “If this country was run like a lean successful business, we would all be in a much better place.
“Never has the appetite for change been stronger. Let’s believe in Britain.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister to stand for Brexit Party
Mr Farage said that in the days since the party launched he had been “astonished by is the quality of people who have now decided enough is enough”.
He then welcomed to the stage Annunziata Rees-Mogg, brother of Jacob, who will be one of 70 people the Brexit Party will put forward in the European elections.
“I am here today in sadness,” she said. “I am here in sadness that our democracy has been so betrayed that I need to be here.
“Our politicians need to listen to what the people have said.
“I joined the Conservative party in 1984. This is not a decision I take lightly.”
Speaking of Prime Minister Theresa May, she added: “I can’t sit by and let her do it. It is our fight and we must fight to win.”
Cross-party talks resume
Theresa May's de facto deputy David Lidington and Environment Secretary Michael Gove were taking part in the talks for the Government side, while shadow chancellor John McDonnell was representing Labour.
The Prime Minister made clear on Thursday she intends to bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons for a fourth time after EU leaders agreed to extend the Article 50 withdrawal process to October 31.
The Prime Minister met Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament yesterday and agreed to continue efforts to strike a compromise.
Downing Street is still hoping they can get a deal through Parliament in time to avoid the need for Britain to vote in elections to the European Parliament on May 23.
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Many of the supporters here are looking to the new party to shake up the political system. Rob Howard, a 60-year-old business consultant from Nuneaton, said he wanted to hear Mr Farage pledge to “sort out the mess this government has got us in”.
“I’m here to support the launch of a new party. I think Farage speaks his mind and I think what we need someone like him to get us out of the mess the government has got us in.
“What has swayed me is the mess that the Tories have allowed us to get in.”
Brexit Party launches
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is launching this morning in a Coventry industrial estate.
Mr Farage has said his new party will unleash a political revolution and bring an end to “the two-party structure as we know it.”
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, the former Ukip leader said the party had chosen “to allow the far right to join it and effectively take it over” but also said that “there is no difference” between the policies of UKIP and of the Brexit Party.
The original leader of the new Brexit Party, Catherine Blaiklock, quit last month after it was revealed she had been retweeting far-right figures on her Twitter feed.
The retweets included a neo-Nazi's claims that there was a “white genocide” taking place in Britain.
The Brexit Party was registered in February this year and has since attracted numerous ex-UKIP members, ostensibly over the far-right and anti-Muslim focus of UKIP under current leader Gerard Batten, as well as the increasing influence Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
Eight other former Ukip MEPs have also joined the new organisation, giving it more MEPs than Ukip.
Nigel Farage: MPs should fear voters
Speaking ahead of the launch of the Brexit Party in Coventry today, Mr Farage claimed he will not allow the far right to "tarnish the brand" as they had with his former party Ukip.
But Mr Farage insisted those who voted for Brexit had been "betrayed" by a parliament "completely out of touch with the people" so he wanted a revolution in British politics.
"We have been betrayed and the fightback begins today," he told the Today programme.
"What we're trying to do is launch a revolution in British politics and realign the party structure.
"We will be looking to take support from across the board and if we do that and if we succeed then I think Parliament will start to fear the electorate and gosh they need to, given this level of betrayal."
Civil service told to shelve no deal plans
Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, told the civil service to "wind down" worst-case scenario no-deal planning after the European Union imposed a further six-month Brexit delay on Theresa May.
Crispin Blunt, a Eurosceptic Tory MP, said the end of no-deal planning represented a "complete betrayal" of the referendum and described the move as a "dereliction of duty".
A Government source said that while Operation Yellowhammer, which involves "doomsday" contingencies for a no-deal Brexit, is being wound down other plans remain in place.
Read more here.
Cross-party talks with Labour to resume
Theresa May made clear on Thursday she intended to bring back her Brexit deal to the Commons for a fourth time after EU leaders agreed to extend the Article 50 withdrawal process to October 31.
The Prime Minister met briefly with Jeremy Corbyn at Westminster when they agreed to continue efforts to find a common way forward.
The talks have been led by Mrs May's de facto deputy, David Lidington, and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, but details of Fridays' meeting were still being finalised.
No 10 is still hoping they can get a deal through Parliament in time to avoid the need for Britain to vote in elections to the European Parliament on May 23.
But during exchanges in the Commons, Mr Corbyn warned the Prime Minister she had to be prepared to compromise if the talks were to stand any chance of success.