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GO Movement to apply to be official EU exit campaign

The GO Movement says it wants to be the official "leave" campaign in the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

The group, led by a mix of politicians including UKIP leader Nigel Farage, former Labour MP Nigel Griffiths and Conservative MP Peter Bone, and business people, announced it will apply to the Electoral Commission for official designation.

GO Movement claims to be an umbrella movement for all who want to leave the EU Credit: PA

It says it will act as an umbrella movement bringing together individuals and organisations committed to a vote to 'leave' the EU.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston revealed last week that Grassroots Out - the group the GO Movement has emerged from - could potentially become the main eurosceptic campaigning group. This followed persistent infighting between what were seen as the two main 'vote leave' groups, Leave.EU and Vote Leave.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has thrown his weight behind the GO Movement Credit: Good Morning Britain

In a statement, the GO Movement said the groups Grassroots Out, Leave.EU, Global Britain, and the Democracy Movement had all officially affiliated to support its application to the Electoral Commission. It added that other groups such as The Freedom Association and Better Off Out are "cooperating and working alongside the GO Movement whilst remaining independent of it".

Other 'Leave' campaign groups include Vote Leave and the Campaign for Independent Britain.

It is clear that, to win this referendum, it is essential for everyone who wants to 'Leave' the European Union, to work together. We need a truly national, cross-party, cross-leave, campaign.

This referendum will be won door by door, vote by vote. The GO Movement will allow us to do just that, through the spirit of genuine partnership.

– Conservative MP Tom Pursglove, one of the founders of Grassroots Out

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