Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nigel Farage reveals Brexit party will not stand in 317 Tory seats

Nigel Farage reveals Brexit party will not stand in 317 Tory seats

Farage said Monday that the party will not run in 317 Conservative-held seats so it does not split the pro-Brexit vote, an announcement that should boost the chances that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives win a majority.

However, if he also challenges seats in which are marginally held by Labour but strongly contested by the Conservatives, then he could potentially risk derailing Johnson's election bid in some other way.

The new alliance could still hamper Boris Johnson's ability to win marginal Labour Leave seats being targeted by the Conservative Party at the upcoming election.

Johnson issued a statement saying, "we welcome Nigel Farage's recognition that another gridlocked hung Parliament is the greatest threat to getting Brexit done".

He said: "Nigel Farage's critique [of the Brexit deal] is wrong".

"We now how a leave alliance, it's just that we've just done it unilaterally", Farage said on Monday.

That means there will be no Brexit Party candidate in any other seats in Suffolk - nor in any seats in north Essex.

The main opposition Labour party has promised a second referendum on Brexit - a call backed by many smaller parties in the House of Commons.

"Our action prevents a second referendum from happening", Mr Farage said. "I thought to myself overnight, "That sounds a bit more like the Brexit we voted for".

"This is a seat where Ukip took more than 10,000 votes in 2015 so this is a very strong "leave" area".

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It was formerly represented by former prime minister Tony Blair's chief spin doctor-turned-EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson. "She needs to tell us where she stands on Brexit". "It's the only way to get out of the European Union".

Shelagh argued that Nigel Farage makes out that he is the anti-establishment candidate but he's now "cutting deals" with the Tories on Downing Street.

However, Johnson still faces difficulties.

In a speech, Mr Farage said he had made a decision to stand down candidates selected for 317 seats.

But they are not enough to govern and could see them scrabble to forge parliamentary alliances with smaller parties.

After 2017, the party was forced to team up with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to stay in power.

Instead, the party would concentrate its efforts on seats held by the Labour party.

A return to growth for Britain's flagging economy bolstered Boris Johnson's election hopes on Monday, but the figures revealed signs of flagging momentum as political and Brexit uncertainties bite.

"We urge voters to reject this Thatcherite 1980s tribute act, which would lead to more savage Tory attacks on working class communities", he said.

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