September 21, 2018 / 7:40 AM / in a month

UKIP will not join Steve Bannon's anti-EU movement, UKIP leader says

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The United Kingdom Independence Party has no intention of joining an anti-European Union campaign masterminded by U.S. President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon, the leader of UKIP told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Steve Bannon speaks during an interview with Reuters in New York, NY, U.S., September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Nathan Layne

“I’ve never met Steve Bannon. As far as I’m concerned he’s an interesting character obviously because of what he did in America,” UKIP leader Gerrard Batten said in the central English city of Birmingham.

“I’m not quite sure what he is proposing across Europe but UKIP doesn’t fit into that. UKIP is a British party that is going to pursue aims for the British people.”

Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing Breitbart.com website and an architect of Trump’s 2016 election win, has launched a project to coordinate and bolster the anti-EU vote across the European Union.

Asked if he expected a national election in the near future, Batten said he had put the party on “red alert” but that it was difficult to predict what would happen to Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

Reporting by William James, editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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