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19 October, Friday


UKIP will not join Steve Bannon's anti-EU movement, UKIP leader says

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The United Kingdom Independence Party has no intention of joining an anti-European Union campaign masterminded by U.S. President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon, the leader of UKIP told Reuters.
 
“I’ve never met Steve Bannon. As far as I’m concerned he’s an interesting character obviously because of what he did in America,” UKIP leader Gerard Batten said in the central English city of Birmingham.
 
“I’m not quite sure what he is proposing across Europe but UKIP doesn’t fit into that. UKIP is a British party that is going to pursue aims for the British people.”
 
Batten said “If he phoned me up and said he’d like to have a coffee and a chat I’d say ‘fine that’s great’ but I have no agenda to do anything with Steve Bannon.”
 
Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing Breitbart.com website and an architect of Trump’s 2016 election win, has launched a project to coordinate and bolster the anti-EU vote across the European Union.
 
Asked if he expected a national election in the near future, Batten said he had put the party on “red alert” but that it was difficult to predict what would happen to Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

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