LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Britain's "undemocratic Orwellian equality laws" have forced the British National Party to give up its whites-only membership policy, its leader said Thursday.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission charges the BNP is in violation of the Race Relations Act, The Times of London reported. The party has admitted only whites since its founding in 1982 and currently is limited to "indigenous Caucasians," presumably Anglo-Saxon or Celtic natives of Britain.
Nick Griffin, in a statement on the party's Web site, said the policy change would "stick in the craw of all dedicated nationalists." He said failing to amend its constitution could kill the BNP because a legal battle could cost millions of pounds.
Griffin blamed the country's "undemocratic Orwellian equality laws."
"I have no doubt that it is possible to redraft our constitution so as to ensure we comply with the new law while at the same time holding true to our core principles and most importantly of all, to our purpose -- which is to secure a future for the true children of our islands," Griffin said.
Griffin was recently elected to the European Parliament in an election where nationalists advanced in much of the continent.