Ukip to launch own EU referendum campaign

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Ukip will launch its own campaign against joining the EU rather than joining one of two existing No campaigns, the BBC reports.

According to the BBC, party leader Nigel Farage believes the two existing campaigns – one led by politicians in Westminster and the other by businessmen – do not have Ukip’s “political nous” and reach across the UK.

There will only be one official No campaign, however, with the Electoral Commission yet to decide which group it will hand the status to.

Meanwhile, the Yes campaign is set to be fronted by Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU in 2017.