Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the most prominent campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union (EU), has announced that if the country's exit from the EU was delayed, he would stand as candidate for a new pro-Brexit party.
It adds: "The party may stand in all elections to public office from elections to the European Parliament (whilst the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union) down to the Parish Council level, including Mayoral elections".
Farage, in an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraphnewspaper, wrote: "The party was founded with my full support and with the intention of fighting the European elections on May 23 if Brexit has not been delivered by then".
Recognition by the Electoral Commission means the party can now contest elections in Britain - and potentially in the European Parliament if Brexit is delayed beyond March 29.More news: Texas girl battling cancer becomes honorary officer
She also said that she would "not rule out" running in a general election, however, she confirmed that the new party will not be running in upcoming local elections or by-elections.
The party's founder, Catherine Blaiklock, said that "a number of hundred" Conservative members have expressed an interest in defecting, a number she claimed could rise to thousands.
He said the registration of The Brexit Party should be a warning to MPs considering backing any effort, such as the move championed by Labour's Yvette Cooper and Tory Nick Boles, to extend Article 50 in order to allow more time for negotiations.More news: Vet sentenced for implanting heroin in puppies as drug mules
Britain is now set to leave the European Union on March 29, but many in the United Kingdom have called on Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the European Union for an extension to avoid the prospects of crashing out of the bloc without a deal.
Farage said in a tweet that he hoped the Conservative and Labour parties recognised the Brexit Party "as a threat".
He added: "All they have to do is deliver a proper Brexit - the one which 17.4 million people voted for in June 2016".More news: China says tests of human immunoglobulin are HIV negative