Clive rejects QLD party leader's talk of merger with Katter

PALMER United Party boss Clive Palmer has flatly rejected claims by his Queensland party leader that a merger with the Katter Australia Party was on the cards.

The leader of the Party in Queensland, Alex Douglas, said any merger between PUP and Katter Party MPs would "most likely" happen under the Palmer brand - but Mr Palmer says there are no such plans.

In an text to Fairfax Media, Mr Palmer said "It's news to me. Not true."

Told that Mr Douglas had said it would happen 'ultimately, before the next election', Mr Palmer responded "Nothing happening, nothing agreed, We will never merge with the Katter party. I am the leader of the party and that (is) the position."

Mr Douglas had said it was "no secret" that he and the Queensland Katter MPs had been "talking for a long time" about joining forces and said it would "ultimately" happen before the next election - which Dr Douglas believes will be called for October.