UKIP membership is on the rise, and the party is looking very healthy despite recent resignations from a number of high-level members and MEPs.
In fact, there’s a rush on to join UKIP. We have 10,000 new members since last year (estimated – official figures to be released soon). And while the government has been dragging out withdrawal from the EU, UKIP is the only party which hasn’t torn itself apart over Brexit. It’s also the only party with a clear policy on how to get out. UKIP Leader Gerard Batten’s exit plan is on the ukip.org website, and shows that the last two years of government delay and complications have been wholly unnecessary. https://www.ukip.org/ukip-page.php?id=05
Potential voters and party members can see that UKIP’s leadership is 100% committed to Brexit. And, as ever, UKIP’s manifesto is full of great, credible policies on all other areas of government, making UKIP the only real option for Brexiteers on polling days.
However, the contest between globalisation and nationalism won’t go away, even if Brexit is delivered tomorrow. The rifts that have appeared in the Labour and Conservative Parties over Brexit show up a serious fault line at the heart of politics. Global/national. Less democracy/more democracy. Open borders/sensible borders. As it now stands, UKIP is a force for protecting British sovereignty and culture beyond Brexit, and this, sadly, is necessary in a world where global networks of trade, finance, and technology are all pressing governments to prioritise global efficiencies at the expense of their own electorates.
Gerard Batten has been accused of allowing UKIP’s focus to drift away from Brexit, appointing the controversial Tommy Robinson as personal advisor. It’s a shame that this has been falsely portrayed – and interpreted – as a move to align the party with racist, violent elements, and I urge anyone put off by this issue to investigate for themselves and not rely on media reporting. You could do worse than to start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YQ94jFg_4A
Actually, Gerard Batten is, like, a guru for Leave. He was fighting for British sovereignty back in 1991 when UKIP was just a twinkle in the eye of the Anti-Federalist League. He’s written two books on the EU and how to leave it, and his timely appointment in 2018 saved the party from financial collapse. The current rise in membership is no doubt partly down to him.
The future is looking uncertain right now. MP’s move to block a No Deal. Voices all round call for a second referendum. The government delivers delay and betrayal, but not Brexit. But it’s clear that, for whatever reason, and despite being badmouthed or even ignored by the media, UKIP is on the rise. Good, because our country needs us.