News ID: 251911
Published: 0537 GMT April 25, 2019

UK far-right activist, anti-Islam campaigner to run for EU parliament elections

UK far-right activist, anti-Islam campaigner to run for EU parliament elections

British far-right activist and anti-Islam campaigner, Tommy Robinson, has announced he would run for the European Parliament elections in May.

Robinson said on Thursday that he would contest the May 23 elections on a campaign of trying to revive UK’s bid to withdraw from the EU.

“The election on 23rd May is how we fight back. Put me right inside the EU and they won’t know what hit them,” read a statement on Robinson’s website, Presstv Reported.

Robinson is well known in Britain and around the world for his extensive hate campaign against Muslims and migrants. However, a political crisis in Britain on how the country should leave the EU has helped far-right nationalist figures like him to gain more public attention.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said he would campaign for Brexit’s revival like Nigel Farage, the former head of UK Independence Party (UKIP) who has recently launched the Brexit Party.

“They’ll long for the days when it was just Nigel Farage,” said the statement, adding that the British government had clearly failed to deliver on the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Robinson has been banned from major social media organizations due to his Islamophobic activity. He has several convictions and a pending case on contempt of court charges.

Robinson’s appointment as an advisor to UKIP leadership last year caused Farage, who many believe would gain a sweeping victory in the EU parliament elections, to leave the party.

In his statement, Robinson criticized Farage for his silence on spread on Islam across the UK.

“I admire what Farage achieved in the past. But at the end of the day, he’s just another millionaire stockbroker who looks down at the working classes,” he said, adding, “And he’s terrified of talking about issues like the Islamification of Britain. He won’t fight the battle for the heart of our country — in fact he bad-mouths those who do.”



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