The Cross of St George Blog is reporting that one of the putative UKIP leadership candidates is having discussions with the BNP about a possible merger. It sounds completely fanciful to me, and completely barking mad for UKIP to even be associated with such a proposal. Surely even they couldn't be that suicidal? I did hear that somebody in UKIP has been trying to procure the name of the English Independence Party, but the EIP is not playing ball. This is the article on the Cross of St George Blog...
As both the BNP & UKIP are haemorrhaging support to the English Nationalist movement, (led by the English Democrats), it has emerged that one of the UKIP leadership candidates, has negotiated a “make or break” plan to merge the rump of the BNP & UKIP parties together with the DUP Northern Irish party (Democratic Unionist Party) into a new British Nationalist Party to become the dominant Euro-Sceptic Pro-Union force in the UK.
Speculation is mounting that the new combined party will be called the “British Independence & Democracy Party” or “BIDP”, and indeed the UKIP discussion forum has already changed it’s name in preparation for this change.
The new “British Independence & Democracy Party”Will be able to boast: 9 MPs in the House of Commons - 3 Members of the House of Lords - 11 MEP’s in the European Parliament - 150+ Councillors - 40,000 Members. The change will enable UKIP to escape from it’s unpopular “UK”, tag and the BNP to shake off it’s ‘Racist’ tag, the inclusion of the DUP will give both UKIP and BNP full United Kingdom coverage, and indeed a continuing loud voice in Ulster.
UKIP have for a long time referred anyone interested in UKIP in Northern Ireland to the DUP. Recently the BNP openly supported the UKIP candidate (Nigel Farage) in the Bromley & Chislehurst By-Election and co-operation between the parties has continued in the Dartford (Kent) Council By-Election where the BNP candidate nominated the UKIP candidate, and UKIP & BNP have started to campaign together. Another clue is given as the BNP 2005 Manifesto was titled “ Rebuilding British Democracy ”, it has also been known for a number of years that Nigel Farage has had regular meetings with the BNP, indeed in 2004, an election pact was agreed for the European Parliament Election, where UKIP would campaign hard in the South, and the BNP would concentrate on the North, however this plan was cancelled once UKIP secured the services of Robert Kilroy-Silk.
The merger news follows widespread discussion on a name change for UKIP, as voters are uninspired by 'UK' as shown in the poor result in the Bromley & Chislehurst by-election, despite a £75,000 campaign fund.The Leadership of the new BIDP organisation is expected to be Nigel Farage.