UKIP chairman David Coburn has resigned over an increasing number of English Nationalists in the party, saying as a unionist he “abhors” it.
He added that he did not run on an ‘anti-Islam platform’ and it could mean losing “the Brexit we fought so hard for”.
Writing in his resignation letter, the UKIP MEP for Scotland said: “I did not run on an anti-Islam platform. Unfortunately, this seems to be the direction that UKIP is taking – obsessing about this issue to the exclusion of all else at a time when we might lose the Brexit we fought so hard for.
"I spoke up for the rights of Tommy Robinson, on principle, when he was imprisoned in what I viewed as a potential injustice, as I would do for any individual, of any political persuasion.
"However, this does not mean I support his politics or that UKIP should adopt them."
He added: “My duty to my country, is more important than party or self. It is with great sadness that after 10 years, I announce my resignation from UKIP.”