UKIP Leader welcomes Vince Cable's new anti-Brexit party

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Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable has announced that he is speaking with many anti-Brexit MPs from both Labour and the Conservatives with the intention of creating a new anti-Brexit party.

Among the names touted by Cable includes Labour's Chukka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger, while Tory MPs Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen are considered likely to defect.

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said,

"It bemuses me that Mr Cable is talking about forming a new party - perhaps he has forgotten that he is already the leader of one. It must be very disappointing for Lib Dem activists to hear their party leader hint at creating a new party.

"The Lib Dems, Labour and the Tories are committed to denying the will of the majority of the British electorate by delaying or stopping Brexit entirely. A new party will dilute the anti-Brexit vote, and as such, I welcome the addition of yet another establishment party deaf to the will of the people.

"UKIP, the party of Brexit, is the only party committed to achieving a full exit from the European Union on March 29, 2019. Britain is currently on course to leave the EU on WTO terms on that date, and UKIP will continue to fight for a real exit no matter how much the political establishment kicks and screams over the coming months."