Annunziata Rees-Mogg slams Britain’s ‘broken political system that only represents Remain voters’ after taking to stage with Nigel Farage – as she says brother Jacob ‘understands’ her decision to join the new Brexit party
The Brexit Party held a rally in front of 700 activists in Nottingham today
Ms Rees-Mogg said Jacob supports her decision to stand in the European elections on May 23
She also lambasted the ‘broken’ politics led by a ‘confused’ Tory party
Later Nigel Farage said he intends to win the elections next month
Annunziata Rees-Mogg has slammed Britain’s broken politics and ‘confused’ leadership at a rally for the Brexit Party in Nottingham.
Ms Rees-Mogg, the sister of Tory Brexiteer Jacob, said he fully supports her decision to stand for a different party and says the pair ‘get on extremely well’.
Speaking at the event alongside leader Nigel Farage, Ms Rees-Mogg, who has twice stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives, said: ‘I think our politics is broken.
‘It’s been very clear that we have got a Remainer parliament trying very ineffectually to represent the Leave vote.
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Ms Rees-Mogg, who has twice stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives, said the Tory party is ‘confused’
Annunziata Rees-Mogg will stand in the East Midlands for the European elections on May 23
‘We need Leave representatives to fight the corner of our democracy.’
Asked why Labour and Tory Brexiteers should switch their allegiance to the newly-formed party, she replied: ‘When it comes to Labour, Lord Adonis has said it better than I could – if you supported Brexit, don’t vote Labour.
‘For the Conservatives, they are in such a confused place. There is no leadership from the top.
‘Theresa May has succumbed to the Remainer will of some of her party and ignored the rest of her party.
‘If you want your voice to be heard, vote for the Brexit Party.’
Asked if she had spoken to her brother about her decision to stand for the Brexit Party, Ms Rees-Mogg replied: ‘Of course I have. My family is incredibly important to me, and Jacob and I get on extremely well.
Around 700 activists came to the campaign rally in Nottingham to see Ms Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage
Ms Rees-Mogg said the Remainer wing of the Conservative party has drowned out the voice of the Brexiteers
‘He understands that I feel this is the only way to get everyone’s voices heard – to get us out of Europe for the good of our democracy, for the sake of our country.’
Ms Rees-Mogg said it had yet to be confirmed where she would be ranked on the Brexit Party’s list of candidates in the East Midlands.
For European elections, parties compile a list of candidates where MEPs are elected by proportional representation in specific regions.
‘Obviously I hope to be reasonably high up and I hope we get as many votes as possible so that there as many representatives in order to make sure we’re heard.’
Afterwards, Nigel Farage said he intended to fight and win the European elections and insisted he was not a career politician.
He said: ‘We have not formed this party just to protest, just to stick two fingers up to the establishment on May 23, just to get our own back and tell them what we think of them.
Nigel Farage said today at a rally in Nottingham his Brexit Party was fighting to win the European elections next month
He told the crowd: ‘I genuinely thought that I had played my part in turning around history and the future of our country’
‘No, our ambitions are much, much higher than that. I think it’s obvious that our two-party system simply doesn’t work any more.
‘I think it’s obvious that our two big parties serve nothing but their own interests and agenda rather than the nation more broadly.
‘I genuinely thought that I had played my part in turning around history and the future of our country. I was perfectly happy to cease involvement in frontline politics.
Attendees of the rally wore Union Flag trainers and waved banners and placards advocating a change in the current Brexit process
The former Ukip leader received a hero’s welcome and rapturous applause before his speech
‘I am not, after 25 years of fighting and campaigning for our country to be free and independent, I am not prepared to stand aside – I am not prepared to be rolled over by our career politicians.’
The Brexiteer also singled out Change UK’s Anna Soubry among the politicians who have failed to honour the result of the 2016 referendum.
He said: ‘It is dishonest, it is disrespectful, it is undemocratic and it is wholly unacceptable.’