Brexit party leader calls for unity to deliver exit from the EU
Nigel Farage has suggested a “pact” between new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party and the Brexit Party as a strategy to “smash” Labour in a snap election.
Johnson would need to agree to the pact for it to move forward.
Farage encouraged the possibility of a pact between his party and the Tories, implying the only way the new Prime Minister could live up his word on ‘delivering Brexit’ is to call a snap election to clear out pro-EU figures within the House of Commons.
Farage told the BBC he had no faith in Tories promises:
“I don’t believe a single word the Conservative Party tell us,” Farage said.
“Theresa May told us 108 times we were leaving on March 29th and we didn’t, so just because Boris says we’re leaving on the 31st of October doesn’t mean we’re going to.”
“But if Boris was genuine about this… the only way this can now be done is to change the arithmetic in the House of Commons by fighting a General Election” and agreeing an “electoral pact” he added.
The electoral pact would see both parties agree to not field candidates in specific constituencies to block splitting the vote and allowing either the Tories or Brexit Party to defeat pro-Remainers like Labour or the Liberal Democrats.
“There is a possibility that an electoral pact could be forged, but we would need to believe them, and at the moment that’s not very easy,” Mr. Farage said.
Farage recently called on Johnson to accept the “inescapable truth” and hold a snap election before Brexit day.
“For this strategy to work, he will need the support of the Brexit Party,” Mr. Farage wrote in The Telegraph.
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“Even on Brexit, he was very late to the cause,” Farage wrote.
“He will have a lot of convincing to do to persuade us that an early election will lead to a clean-break Brexit on 31 October.”
“If he is able to convince us, then together we would electorally smash the Labour Party, he would assume a big working majority, and he would go down as one of the great leaders in British history.”
“All this is possible, but is Boris Johnson brave enough?”
“I know [Nigel Farage is] going to work well with Boris, they are going to do some great things.”
Johnson was confirmed as the next UK prime minister on Tuesday after winning the race to become the leader of the Conservative Party.
PM Johnson beat rival Jeremy Hunt at the ballot of about 160,000 Tory members, with his victory being revealed at just before midday at Westminster’s QE2 conference center in London on Tuesday.