Brexit Party 'staff redundancies' following Nigel Farage's general election failure

PA Review of the General Election 2019 06/11/19 Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage addresses supporters at the Washington Central Hotel in Workington.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (PA)

Brexit Party staff including senior officials have reportedly been made redundant following Nigel Farage’s general election failure.

The i has quoted a party source as saying: “Straight after the election we were all told we had to look for other jobs.”

The Brexit Party didn’t comment when approached by Yahoo News UK. But it raises questions about the party’s future in whatever guise it takes.

Mr Farage had previously pledged to rename it the Reform Party once the Brexit Party’s single issue purpose of leaving the EU has been dealt with. This is all but certain to happen following Boris Johnson’s huge Tory win in the election.

Nigel Farage enjoys a pint before the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Boxing Day Hunt in Edenbridge, Kent.
Nigel Farage enjoys a pint before the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Boxing Day Hunt in Edenbridge, Kent (PA)

The party failed to win any seats in this month’s general election and lost its deposit in the 165 constituencies where it didn’t win the necessary 5% of the vote share. This cost the party £82,500 alone.

After forming in April, it enjoyed initial success, gathering hundreds of thousands of supporters and a reported £11.5m in donations.

It also decimated the Tories - then languishing under Theresa May’s leadership - in May’s European elections.

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But Mr Farage was outmanoeuvred by her successor, Mr Johnson, in the general election campaign.

The party was still accepting donations on Friday. The “donate” section is featured in a prominent position on its website home page and features suggested amounts of up to £500.

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