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14 March 2017

Arron Banks, the Ukip donor who bankrolled the multimillion-pound Leave.EU Brexit campaign, has said he has quit Ukip and will now set up a new political force.

The insurance millionaire said on Tuesday that he was planning to “concentrate on our new movement” after he claimed Ukip had suspended his membership.

Asked by the Guardian if it meant his increasingly strained relationship with Ukip was now over, he quoted the pop star Taylor Swift: “We are never ever getting back together … like ever.”

He also described his new movement on Tuesday as “Ukip 2.0, the Force Awakens”, although it is unlikely to use the Ukip name. He has previously suggested it could be called the “Patriotic Alliance”.

Banks’s move had been on the cards for several months but was finally precipitated by a row over his membership, which followed increasingly outspoken attacks on Ukip by its main funder.

Read the full story at the Guardian by following this link.