Anne Marie Waters’ far-right party is considering pushing for the abolition of the Human Rights Act, and an eye-wateringly extreme immigration policy.

The anti-Muslim far-right party For Britain is set to launch a new manifesto at its conference this Sunday, which will constitute its “initial offer to the British people”.

The conference is set to feature both disgraced “journalist” Katie Hopkins and Ingrid Carlqvist, a Swedish anti-Muslim figure who has engaged in Holocaust denial.

HOPE not hate can reveal the results of an internal poll that allowed the For Britain membership – which includes numerous well-known racists – to vote on key policies.

Anne Marie Waters, (centre), at a For Britain meeting with former BNP activists Eddy Butler, Lawrence Searle, Jeffrey Marshall, Susan Clapp and Julian Leppert

Eye-wateringly extreme views

An overwhelming number (96%) of the party’s members want the party to campaign to abolish the Human Rights Act.

Two thirds (64% of 929 respondents) also voted in favour of a “free speech” law and to repeal “hate speech laws”, potentially enshrining these changes within a new UK Constitution.

Most revealing were supporters’ views on immigration, with nearly half backing hardline anti-immigration policies including a ban on people coming to the UK from Pakistan, Bangladesh or Somalia.

The questions

Half (53%) of 1059 respondents voted in favour of For Britain campaigning for the following immigration policy:

A 5 year freeze on immigration, followed by a points-based immigration system which will include consideration of cultural compatibility e.g. if a person will not respect our way of life, laws, rights, they can not migrate to the UK, or can be deported if found to indulge in cultural or religious practices that are incompatible with the UK’s laws.

Other considerations will include character and potential economic contribution. Asylum should be temporary, and asylum seekers must face imminent threat; poverty is not grounds for asylum. Asylum seekers should aim to return home. All those convicted of a violent crime, including asylum seekers, will be deported from the UK. Therefore, the UK will not accept people who cannot be identified/deported. Illegal migrants whose nationality is unknown should be held in detention until they agree to return to their home country.

The other 47% voted for the following:

A 5-year freeze on immigration, followed by a points-based immigration system. Our immigration policy should exclude specific nations; nations excluded may include for example Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Somalia, due to high levels of crime and extreme cultural incompatibility between the UK and these nations. There may be individual exceptions to this rule, but on the whole, mass migration from these nations should not be permitted.

Asylum should be temporary and asylum seekers should face imminent threat; poverty is not grounds for asylum. Asylum seekers should aim to return home. All those convicted of a violent crime, including asylum seekers, will be deported from the UK. Therefore, the UK will not accept people who cannot be identified/deported. Illegal migrants whose nationality is unknown should be held in detention until they agree to return to their home country.

That such a policy could get such a resounding level of support is unsurprising in a party now rife with racists.

For Britain local election candidate Sam Melia, circled, at a National Action march in Darlington, November 2016. Melia has now been ejected by For Britain.

Splits

The wording is so extreme that it has prompted deputy leader Jeff Wyatt to quit the party and re-join UKIP earlier this month, just 79 days after he was announced in his For Britain position.

An announcement from Waters stated: “Jeff could not agree with our leader Anne Marie as to the wording of the immigration policy” and that “as the policy was voted on by our members, Anne Marie was not prepared to make any changes to the initial draft”.

UKIP leader Gerard Batten has robbed Waters’ party of its sole selling point through his Islamophobic rhetoric and courtship of popular far-right figures such as Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson). In order to stay afloat, Waters has had to embrace figures that are currently banned from joining UKIP i.e. former members of the fascist British National Party, the anti-Muslim English Defence League and other far-right organisations.  

Of course, this has pushed For Britain in an increasingly extreme direction.

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