UKIP ‘front-line‘ spokeman Christopher Monckton has called on the far-right British Freedom Party to “come back and join” UKIP, in a video interview.
Monckton is also listed by UKIP as its Scotland Leader & Head of Policy Unit. He is an infamous climate change denier and previously called President Obama’s birth certificate “plainly a forgery”.
Christopher Monckton’s call to B-F-P members (video below) was made on 15th March, before the B-F-P made a pact with the English Defence League and named its leader Tommy Robinson as the B-F-P deputy leader.
The British Freedom Party was formed in 2010 and mostly populated by disaffected members of the BNP. A significant proportion were supporters of Eddy Butler – who failed to oust Nick Griffin as BNP leader in 2010. The B-F-P leader is Paul Weston – a former UKIP election candidate.
There were several instances of disaffected BNP members calling on other far-right nationalists to join the B-F-P, promising that it would not be another version of UKIP.
In the video interview, hosted in the United States, Monckton was asked his opinion of the British Freedom Party (at 28m.11secs in).
"I wish that the independent minded people who are willing to stand away from the major parties could remember that because we are so few, we should stand together."
"And UKIP is, for all its faults, the biggest of the freedom loving, democracy loving, independent minded parties. And I don’t like this splitting off, which is very prone to happen in those smaller parties precisely because you have to be independent minded to start with. And this makes everyone willing to fight and go their own way."
"But the British Freedom Party won’t really come to very much, I don’t think, and I would very much like them to come back and join us and we stand together…"
UPDATE UKIP have sent us a statement:
"The National Executive Committee of UKIP decided in January to include the BFPO amongst a list of proscribed organisations whose members, and former members are not welcome in UKIP."
"Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party, National Front, British Freedom Party, British People’s Party, English Defence League, Britain First or the UK First Party. Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused, and any subscriptions collected will be refunded. By applying for membership you certify that you are not and have never been a member of either of these parties.”
Christopher Monckton has been out of the country for almost the whole of this year, and it is unlikely that he has been following the details of our NEC meetings. To that end he was entirely mistaken in his view. Members and former members of the B-F-P are not welcome in UKIP."
An odd excuse.
One of their key spokesman doesn’t know about a change in policy, and thinks far-right parties (the B-F-P always had far-right origins) was fine to reach out to?