UKIP chairman resigns over ‘increased English Nationalism’ in the party

UKIP chairman resigns over ‘increased English Nationalism’ in the party

Friday, December 7, 2018

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.”

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