Last week at the plenary in Strasbourg, Dr Julia Reid, along with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and fellow MEPs Nathan Gill, Tim Aker, David Coburn, and Jonathan Bullock were designated as The Brexit Party in the European Parliament.

The new party, which was recently registered with the Electoral Commission, saw an astonishing 35,000 people register as supporters within just 48 hours of going live and will be ready to contest the European Elections – should the Government delay Brexit beyond 29th March and extend Article 50.

Responding to the formation of a new Brexit party, Dr Julia Reid said: “As some of you may already know; I was one of the founding members of UKIP, joining in November 1993. In May 2014 I was elected to the European Parliament, as a UKIP MEP to fight for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, representing the South West Counties and Gibraltar.

“However, what some of you may not know is that my Eurosceptic journey didn’t begin in 2014, in fact, I have spent most of my adult life campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, being an ardent opponent of the European Project since the 1960s and campaigning for a “No” vote in the 1975 referendum.

“So, as you can imagine, one of the most euphoric events of my mandate was when on 24th June 2016 we found out that 17.4 million British people had voted to Leave the European Union.

“Sadly, however, as the months have passed this joyful scenario has faded as it would appear that the biggest exercise in democracy, where more people voted than at any time in our history, is about to be betrayed.

“In the event that the mandate of the British people is disregarded, and Brexit is betrayed, then we’re going to be ready – ready to fight the next European elections with a brand new party. A party created solely for the purpose of ensuring that the decision made by the British public on the 23rd of June 2016 is actually implemented so that the UK does finally leave the EU.”