Mr Farage has urged Mr Johnson to join him in a “Leave alliance”, suggesting such a move would result in a “stonking majority” by enabling his Brexit Party to target Labour seats where a majority of voters voted to quit the EU. However, crucially, Brexit Party leader Mr Farage said Mr Johnson must first pull the plug of his draft withdrawal agreement, negotiated in Brussels last month and miraculously nodded through in Parliament, otherwise he would field candidates in every constituency.
The idea was swiftly rejected by Mr Johnson.
LBC presenter Iain Dale commented on social media that it was an “impossible ask”.
And, commenting on Mr Dale’s post, Suzanne Evans, journalist and spokeswoman for the Leavers of Britain campaign group, said: “And that, dear tweeters, is how @nigel_farage will potentially usher in a Marxist government and put an end to Brexit.
“You have to ask: how long ago did he actually stop really caring about leaving?”
Pro-Brexit Tory MEP Daniel Hannan also said: “The Brexit Party has joined Labour and the Lib Dems in wanting to keep us in the EU for longer.
“A vote for Boris is a vote to take us out swiftly, amicably and in good order.”
“It will not get Brexit done – and it will create another gridlocked Parliament that doesn’t work.
“We need to ratify the deal secured with EU. Only @BorisJohnson can do it.”
Speaking yesterday, ERG chairman Steve Baker MP said: “I am no more willing to be bullied by Nigel Farage than anyone else into acting against my best understanding of the national interest.
“I’m now at a loss to know what Nigel Farage wants to achieve.
“The reason every Conservative Eurosceptic MP backed the deal is that it can deliver a Brexit worth having.
“But Boris will only negotiate a great future for the UK if he has a good majority of resolute Conservative MPs. Nigel now risks that and our future.
“It is completely inconceivable that the Conservative Party would now go for no deal and a pact.
“Is Nigel a statesman or a campaigner? We are about to find out.”
Mr Farage’s decision matters because it raises the prospect of taking votes away from Conservative candidates, allowing Labour to win seats in constituencies where they would not otherwise be in with a chance of winning.
Speaking to Express.co.uk on Thursday, ComRes chairman Andrew Hawkins said that if Mr Farage’s party started to break into double figures in the opinion polls, the warning bells would start to ring for Mr Johnson.
Published at Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:37:00 +0000