The far-right British National Party has abolished its whites-only membership policy.
At a meeting in Essex, members voted to amend the party's constitution to allow black and Asian people join.
The BNP, which wants a halt to immigration into Britain, had been threatened with a possible court injunction over its whites-only membership policy by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The party must now go back to court in March when a judge will decide whether the new rules meet race relation laws.
Its leader, Nick Griffin, says the party has recognised legal reality.