Nigel Farage rebrands Brexit Party as anti-lockdown 'Reform UK'

Nigel Farage is seeking to relaunch his political career by rebranding the Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party.

The party has formally applied to the Electoral Commission to change its name to Reform UK and will campaign against coronavirus measures.

Announcing the party's new aims, Mr Farage - who has led UKIP several times - and Richard Tice, the Brexit Party chairman, said it will tackle several 'powerful vested interests'.

These include 'the House of Lords, the BBC, the way we vote, law and order, immigration'. The pair also claim 'badly run, wasteful quangos are in abundance'.

But the party - which hopes to capitalise on anti-lockdown sentiment - believes the most pertinent issue is 'the Government's woeful response to coronavirus'.

The announcement follows another day of Covid news yesterday in which:  

Some 23,254 cases were reported yesterday - 17.5 per cent more than the 19,790 cases seen last Sunday; A further 162 people died after testing positive for coronavirus in Britain yesterday, in the highest Sunday rise seen since May; Prince William revealed he was secretly diagnosed with coronavirus in April;  Britain reeled after Boris Johnson announced a four-week lockdown on Saturday; New restrictions will see all pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops shut; People can only leave their homes for specific reasons, such as to do essential shopping, for outdoor exercise, and for work if they are unable to work from home;  Former chief scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport said there was a 'possibility' the restrictions may need to stay in place for more than four weeks.

Nigel Farage (pictured) is seeking to relaunch his political career by rebranding the Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party

Nigel Farage (pictured) is seeking to relaunch his political career by rebranding the Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party

The announcement is set to make Boris Johnson’s life more difficult as he seeks to calm his restive MPs who oppose the new measures

The announcement is set to make Boris Johnson’s life more difficult as he seeks to calm his restive MPs who oppose the new measures

Protesters gather in Birmingham to demonstrate against a second lockdown on Saturday

Protesters gather in Birmingham to demonstrate against a second lockdown on Saturday

It claims the Government tried to 'terrify the nation into submission' while waiting for a vaccine which it says 'is no way to tackle a disease that may be around for a long time'.

The party - led by Mr Farage - supports the Great Barrington Declaration which was penned by three top scientists and is now backed by more than 44,000 medics and scientists.

The letter calls for an isolation of only the

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