UKIP will not join Steve Bannon’s anti-EU movement, Gerard Batten says

UKIP will not join Steve Bannon’s anti-EU movement, Gerard Batten says

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BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – The UK Independence Social gathering has no intention of becoming a member of an anti-European Union marketing campaign masterminded by U.S. President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon, the chief of UKIP informed Reuters.

UKIP chief Gerard Batten speaks throughout a Reuters interview in Birmingham, Britain September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

“I’ve by no means met Steve Bannon. So far as I’m involved he’s an attention-grabbing character clearly due to what he did in America,” UKIP chief Gerard Batten mentioned within the central English metropolis of Birmingham.

UKIP chief Gerard Batten speaks throughout a Reuters interview in Birmingham, Britain September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

“I’m not fairly positive what he’s proposing throughout Europe however UKIP doesn’t match into that. UKIP is a British celebration that’s going to pursue goals for the British individuals.”

Batten mentioned “If he phoned me up and mentioned he’d prefer to have a espresso and a chat I’d say ‘superb that’s nice’ however I’ve no agenda to do something with Steve Bannon.”

Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing Breitbart.com web site and an architect of Trump’s 2016 election win, has launched a venture to coordinate and bolster the anti-EU vote throughout the European Union.

Requested if he anticipated a nationwide election within the close to future, Batten mentioned he had put the celebration on “crimson alert” however that it was tough to foretell what would occur to Prime Minister Theresa Might’s authorities.

Reporting by William James, enhancing by Man Faulconbridge

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