'FOUR Welsh assembly members (AMs) have sensationally joined the Brexit Party “with immediate effect” to give Nigel Farage’s party their first political representation at a national level.
The Conservatives’ Mark Reckless, and Ukip’s David Rowlands have joined up with independents Mandy Jones and Caroline Jones to form the group in the Welsh Assembly. In a letter the four AMs said: “We wish to form a Brexit Party political group, with immediate effect. We confirm that Mark Reckless has resigned from the Conservative Group, and that David Rowlands hereby resigns from the Ukip group.”
Mr Farage’s newly formed party has seen a surge in support since its inception, leading polls for the European elections and is fighting neck-and-neck with the Tories in voters' Westminster voting intentions.
The Brexit Party, which only registered with the Electoral Commission on February 5, galvanised the support of voters angry with the UK Government's failure to deliver the result of the 2016 EU referendum by the original deadline of March 31.
Mr Farage said: "The leavers in Wales are all coming back together again, no more divided tribe.
"I'm very pleased as a leader of the Brexit Party to welcome four members of the Welsh Assembly who will now re-designate as of this afternoon as Brexit Party members".
The Brexit Party already has representation at an EU level after 14 MEPs quit Ukip to join the new movement. The four AMs' decision to form a Brexit Party in the Welsh Assembly is the group's first delegation in a national legislature.
Mr Reckless told a press conference: "Brexit is being blocked and the Brexit Party group in the Welsh Assembly from today will be supporting Nigel Farage, supporting the Brexit Party in everything that they are doing to protect our democracy and to ensure that Brexit is delivered."
The four AMs wrote to presiding officer Elin Jones to request they form a Brexit Party group, with Mr Reckless as leader and Mr Rowlands resigning from Ukip.
The assembly commission has confirmed the request is under consideration, but the presiding officer must be happy the requirements of being a group under assembly rules are met before it can actually be recognised as one.'
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