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DOUGLAS CARSWELL has said the job of Ukip is now done – and the party should disband and focus on helping to deliver a successful Brexit.
The former Ukip MP – who now sits as the Independent Member for Clacton, said as the party had won the fight to quit the EU – they should now move on.
Speaking at an Institute for Government event this lunchtime, the MP said the future of Ukip was now “not my problem”.
Mr Carswell quit as the party’s sole MP last month after Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 and started our EU exit.
He said today: “I think we’ve done our job. We should reward ourselves with a medal – if we don’t, noone else will… and take pride. We won.”
He went on: “Generally speaking, if you have won a battle or a war, you disband and you go home, reach out to the people you beat and try and win the peace. That’s what we need to do.”
He also claimed that the historic referendum result was “not an angry, nativist, xenophobic vote” but one about Britain being “open, internationalist, generous and globalist”.
In order to get a National Insurance Number, he argued, companies must agree to pay them at least £24,000 per year – which would help stop the compression of wages.
The MP – who was previously a member of the Conservatives – also hinted today that he could fight the next general election for another party instead.
He said today: “If I were standing for a party at that election I would want them to take a view on the environment where minimum standards in the EU were no longer regarded as the maximum standard.”
And he he also touched on the idea that there should be TWO MPs for every constituency – to stop some politicians from having a “job for life” in a “safe seat”.
He suggested that Britain could return to the days of every MP sharing their area with another – and the number of constituencies could be cut in two.
“If you didn’t turn up to surgeries, you would be shown up by someone who did,” he said.
“Even within parties, you need that competition to have a functional democracy.”
Douglas Carswell insists we won’t join another party after quitting Ukip
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