Ukip ex­o­dus

Three more se­nior mem­bers re­sign

The Daily Telegraph - - Brexit Countdown -

Ukip is in tur­moil once again as sev­eral se­nior fig­ures quit the party, claim­ing it is be­com­ing ir­rel­e­vant.

Paul Nut­tall, its for­mer leader, re­signed yesterday, as did David Coburn, its leader in Scot­land, and Peter Whit­tle, of the Lon­don Assem­bly.

They fol­low Nigel Farage, who left in protest at the di­rec­tion the party is go­ing.

Mr Whit­tle said the party he joined is ceas­ing to ex­ist. He said Ukip has failed to take a lead­ing role in Brexit and in­stead fo­cused on who was or was not al­lowed to join, re­fer­ring to the scan­dal in the wake of Ukip’s ap­point­ment of Tommy Robinson, the far-right ac­tivist, as an ad­viser. “Other pre­oc­cu­pa­tions have… made it ap­pear ir­rel­e­vant,” he said. “I see no way of com­ing back from this.”

Mr Farage said Ukip would be dam­aged be­yond re­pair if it failed to ex­clude ex­trem­ists.

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