I acknowledge the dangers of far right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.
Tommy Robinson said: “I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.
“I acknowledge the dangers of far right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”
Kevin Carroll has also left the English Defence League
Likewise, the foundation also calls on Islamist extremist leaders “to follow this example and leave their respective groups”.
It said it was willing to act as a conduit in negotiations.
Mr Nawaz said: “As well as being a very positive change for the United Kingdom, this is a very proud moment for Quilliam.
“This represents not a change but a continuation for us, as challenging extremism of all kinds forms the basis of our work.
“We have been able to show that Britain stands together against extremism regardless of political views and hope to continue supporting Tommy and Kevin in theirÂ journeyÂ to counter Islamism and neo-Nazi extremism.”
The EDL recently marched to Tower Hamlets in east London but were deterred from entering the borough by police and local residents.
Their marches are often characterized by violent threats and drunken clashes with police and followers of hate preacher Anjem Choudary.