The new group, which has now been formally registered as a political party under the new name Change UK, was formed in February and currently consists of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who have called for a second referendum on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
This is the rejected Change UK logo:I think the electoral commission have done them a favour… pic.twitter.com/R1PGI4GF0B — Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) April 16, 2019
In a statement today the group said expected to field roughly 70 candidates in the upcoming elections, which it will announce more details on later this month. Change UK's interim leader Heidi Allen said: "This is a fight for Britain's voice in Europe – and we have been overwhelmed by the thousands of people wanting to roll up their sleeves and join our campaign from every walk of life and every corner of the country. She added: "Change UK – The Independent Group have a clear message in the European elections: we demand a People’s Vote and, if it is held, all our MPs will campaign to remain in and reform the European Union." On Friday Nigel Farage also launched his own Brexit party, which included Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, as the new party’s first candidate for the MEP elections. Read more: Brexit party: Nigel Farage launches new pro-Leave political group Launching the new party in Coventry, the former Ukip politician, a driving force behind the Leave vote three years ago, attacked what he called "career politicians". A poll published last week found The Tories would be hit hard in European parliamentary elections if they are held in the UK as part of another delay to Brexit. Read more: Voters would punish Tories for Brexit delay at MEP elections Labour would take in a massive 38 per cent of the vote, compared to Theresa May’s party’s 23 per cent, according to the poll. Open Europe director Henry Newman said: "Right across the EU, European elections are seen by voters as an opportunity to register a protest. "Assuming Brexit is further delayed and the UK is forced to hold elections for new MEPs, those elections will give the public a chance to send a message on Brexit. "These early results suggest that Labour are on track for a strong performance in the European elections, with the Conservative vote significantly squeezed."