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US News General election 2019: Nigel Farage under pressure to 'limit number of Brexit Party candidates’ to help Tories

07:55  31 october  2019
07:55  31 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The Brexit Party is considering withdrawing hundreds of its general election candidates in what would Splits have emerged in Nigel Farage ’s party over its election strategy, with several senior figures backing the “sensible” option of focusing its resources on a small number of Leave-voting

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Nigel Farage is under pressure to stand down Brexit Party candidates in hundreds of seats to give Boris Johnson a better chance of securing a majority in parliament.

Mr Farage is still considering whether to contest all 650 seats in the forthcoming election as he promised when he launched the party, or to focus on a smaller number of Leave-backing areas.

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The move could be a significant factor in whether Mr Johnson is able to increase his party share in the Commons as it will not divide the Brexit vote.

'Limit number of candidates'

Boris Johnson has run out of time to pass the Brexit deal this year (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty)

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Nigel Farage ’s Brexit Party at one point looked able to carry out a clean sweep in a general election , polling higher than the Conservatives shortly Mr Johnson will go into the campaign arguing that Leave voters should unite and back the Tories to deliver a strong mandate and pass his Brexit deal.

Nigel Farage ’s party first made an offer to the Tories for a Leave Alliance back in September. The boss of the Brexit -backing ERG group told the HuffPost website: “A pre- Brexit pact with the Brexit Party won’t happen all the time Nigel Farage insists the Conservatives pursue no deal, which won’t

The Brexit Party is standing at the election to demand the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, and has attacked the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

But by standing in key Tory areas, Mr Farage runs the risk of splitting the right-wing vote.

The former Ukip leader has previously suggested entering an electoral pact with the Tories in order to secure a stronger pro-Brexit presence in the Commons.

But Downing Street has been resistant to any such deal, with a Number 10 spokesman insisting last month that neither Mr Farage nor Brexit Party donor Arron Banks are “are fit and proper persons and they should never be allowed anywhere near government”.

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Despite the hostility, Mr Farage is being urged to stand down candidates with Tory MP Nigel Evans declaring it “madness” for the Brexit Party to challenge seats and allow Labour or Liberal Democrats in.

“I know he doesn’t like this deal but it’s way better than remaining in the EU which will not be revisited for more than a generation - and the Remainers will have won,” he told the Mail Online.

Brexit Party MEP John Longworth said his party should focus on just 20 to 30 seats to get the UK’s departure from the EU over the line.

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