The Brexit Party leader was confronted by an LBC caller on his party’s “dictatorial” way of deciding on its leader and its manifesto ahead of the European elections. Mark, from Sunbury-on-Thames, congratulated Nigel Farage on his quick success since setting up his new party, but warned: “While I applaud the success of your Party in the past few weeks, I’m a bit concerned to find out that people that paid the £25 to become members don’t actually have any votes in the future and the say of the Party.
“And, of course, they don’t have a say in choosing the leader which is unlike any other political party in the country.
“Isn’t that a bit dictatorial?”
The former Ukip leader took the opportunity to announce he has decided to set up a new online voting system by which members of the Brexit Party will have a say on all the future policies they want implementing.
He said: “You are going to be amazed by what I’m going to tell you now.
“This is going to be the most open political party you’ve ever seen in Britain.
“We are getting rid of those delegated layers that political parties have like national executive committees where everything tends to get lost and tied up.
“What I’m going to do, Mark, and we’ve discussed this with the board, is we are going to directly liaise and have votes amongst our registered supporters to shape policy and shape our future direction.
“I want this to be a really, really engaged group of people.
“There will be an online platform and we are going to consult them and we are going to produce policies on the basis of what our supporters think.
“And that I think is quite a radical departure.”
The Brexit Party has become the heavy favourite over the last few weeks to be the leading party in the upcoming European elections.
A recent opinion poll where 1,867 people were asked suggested the Conservatives could slump to fifth place in the contest, which is taking place because Brexit has been delayed.
The YouGov study for the Times put the Tories on just 10 percent for the EU election, behind the Brexit Party on 34 percent, Labour on 16 percent, the Liberal Democrats on 15 percent and the Greens on 11 percent.
In a general election, the poll suggested the Tories would be neck and neck with Labour on just 24 percent, with the Brexit Party on 18 percent and Lib Dems on 16 percent.
UK voters in the local elections earlier this month showed general fatigue with the established parties, as the Conservative party forfeited some 1,200 seats.