- Nigel Farage warns Boris Johnson that the Brexit Party will stand in every seat in Britain at the next election unless the prime minister ditches his Brexit deal.
- The Brexit Party leader said the government’s agreement with Brussels was “not Brexit.”
- Farage said his party would stand aside for the Conservatives in hundreds of seats at the next election if Johnson ditches his deal and pursues a looser relationship with the EU.
- However, if Johnson sticks to his deal, the Brexit Party will challenge them in every seat in England and Wales, Farage said.
- A strong Brexit Party performance at the December election could cost Conservatives key seats.
- Senior Conservative MP James Cleverly said voting for Farage would “not get Brexit done” and risked “letting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street via the back door.”
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Nigel Farage has warned Boris Johnson that the Brexit Party will contest every single seat in Britain at the upcoming general election unless the prime minister ditches his Brexit deal with the European Union.
Speaking in Westminster on Friday, Farage said he would be willing to strike an electoral pact with the Conservatives and help Johnson win a parliamentary majority, but only if Johnson agreed to “drop the deal.”
Farage said the prime minister’s agreement with the EU “is not Brexit” and “would give the United Kingdom all of the burdens of the EU membership with no say whatsoever.”
He said if the prime minister does not abandon the deal, the Brexit Party will stand candidates in “every single seat in England, Scotland and Wales” at the general election taking place on December 12.
Farage said Johnson had until November 14 to ditch his deal and form an alliance with the Brexit Party.
If the prime minister does drop his Brexit deal and pursues a looser relationship with the EU, the Brexit Party would be prepared to stand aside in 350 seats, paving the way to a Conservative majority, Farage said.
In return, Boris Johnson would let Farage stand uncontested in around 150 seats.
But Downing Street has comprehensively ruled out an alliance with the Brexit Party. The prime minister is campaigning on a manifesto to “get Brexit done” by returning a parliamentary majority big enough to get his deal through Parliament.
Farage, who set up the Brexit Party earlier this year, said the party has “enough money right now for a fully funded election campaign.”
“We will have more than enough to fight a campaign and fight it well.”
Farage’s ultimatum to Johnson will likely worry figures in Downing Street as the election campaign gets underway.
If the Brexit Party does stand in seats across the country, it will likely win the support from some Leave voters who would have otherwise have backed Johnson’s Conservatives, pollsters say.
Farage said on Friday he would be campaigning in areas of the country where the Conservatives hope to win seats on December 12, including the north of England, the east Midlands, and Wales.
He said the prime minister’s deal with Brussels “will not get Brexit done” and would eventually lead to the United Kingdom rejoining the EU.
“In fact, what it will do, is it will lead to a campaign where people will say we have no voice, vote or veto, and lead to a campaign for us to rejoin. A campaign which if put to a referendum I have no doubt, would actually succeed,” he said.
Responding to Farage’s ultimatum, James Cleverly, the Conservative party chairman, said: “A vote for Farage risks letting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street via the back door – and the country spending 2020 having two referendums on Brexit and Scottish independence.
“It will not get Brexit done – and it will create another gridlocked Parliament that doesn’t work.”
Farage says the Brexit Party will hurt Corbyn’s Labour
The Brexit Party leader also used his campaign launch to issue a warning to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
He said Labour, which is committed to negotiating a closer relationship with the EU and putting it a referendum, had sold out its voters outside of London and become the party of “Hampstead not Huddersfield. Dalston not Doncaster.”
He warned Corbyn that the Brexit Party was targeting seats in the north and the midlands, where Labour is currently expected to lose seats.
“We view those constituencies around the country as being absolutely among our top targets,” he said.
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