Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said his new Brexit Party has similar policies to his old party but there is a “vast difference” in personnel.

He said the party’s European election candidates were mainly business people and “high achievers who want to put the confidence back into British politics”.

Mr Farage said UKIP had allowed the far right to take over and that “the brand is now tarnished”.

But UKIP leader Gerard Batten called Mr Farage’s comments “a lie”.

The Brexit Party will be officially launched in Coventry later.

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May agreed a Brexit delay to 31 October with the EU, with the option of leaving earlier if her withdrawal agreement is approved by Parliament.

This means the UK is likely to have to hold European

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