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World Brexit donor Arron Banks tells Farage to stand down in Labour marginal seats

19:10  12 november  2019
19:10  12 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Nigel Farage has branded Conservative calls for the Brexit party to stand down in Labour marginals as “almost comical”, saying his The Brexit party leader said he still intended to stand candidates in about 300 seats held by He claimed that at a meeting where they were told this, they applauded.

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LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Arron Banks, one of the biggest financiers behind the Brexit campaign, said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage should stand down candidates in opposition Labour marginal seats to secure Britain's exit from the European Union.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Arron Banks and anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London© Reuters/HANNAH MCKAY Arron Banks and anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London

Banks told Reuters that Brexit was under threat and that the only way to secure it was by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson winning a majority in the Dec. 12 election. On Monday, Farage said he would stand down candidates in 317 Conservative seats.

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Nigel Farage today pulled Brexit Party candidates in 317 Tory-held seats from fighting the election - giving But one cabinet minister has now said the party should pull out of other Labour marginals to give Farage today claimed Boris Johnson tried to bribe him with a peerage before standing down

Mr Lammy said: “Nigel Farage bottling it by standing down in Tory seats shows how vital it is for Remainers to co-operate. Mr Farage had been coming under intense pressure not to split the Leave vote, with newspaper editorials urging him to stand down his candidates and former ally Arron

"We need to see further moves to stand down candidates in marginal seats they can’t win and go for the 40 or so Labour seats where the Tories (Conservatives) haven’t got a hope," Banks told Reuters in an interview. "Brexit is under threat."

"There are 48 hours to save Brexit and save the country from a Corbyn government," Banks said, referring to Socialist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Nigel has remade the Conservative party in his own image, the Conservative Party is the Brexit Party."

"The only way Brexit is going to get delivered is by a Boris majority," Banks said, adding that he thought Farage would stand down in Labour marginals.

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Nigel Farage has sensationally backed down on his threat to stand Brexit Party general election candidates in every constituency across Britain, announcing the Remain-backing Labour MP David Lammy responded: "Nigel Farage bottling it by standing down in Tory seats shows how vital it is for

Nigel Farage has stood down candidates in 317 seats to help Boris Johnson reach No10Credit: Getty Images - Getty. Mr Farage will now turn his attention to Labour marginal seats in an effort to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of Nigel Farage urged to stand down in Labour seats next. POP AT POPPIES.

Banks said election strategist Lynton Crosby's lawyer, Andrew Reid, had broached a possible way out for Farage.

"Nigel reminds me of a gambler at a casino that’s been winning all night and it’s time to take the chips off the table and step away," Banks said. "What we are offering the geezer, as you might say, is Brexit."

The United Kingdom voted by 52%-48% in 2016 to quit the EU, albeit without deciding how it would be done. But parliament has been deadlocked since a 2017 snap election over how, when and even whether to leave.

“The Brexit Party need to stand down more candidates and focus on the 40 to 50 seats where the Tories have no chance at all and the Brexit Party can do real damage to Labour,” Banks said.

“If they focus their resources on the 46 they can win, they could potentially win 5 or 10 and then have a more powerful position in parliament,” he said.

Farage began the campaign earlier this month by warning that his party would contest every seat unless Johnson drops his EU divorce deal and agrees an election pact. But he came under intense pressure from financial backers who feared that Farage might scupper Brexit altogether.

"The bad boys of Brexit have become the good boys of Brexit: the only way Brexit is going to be delivered is by a Boris majority," Banks said.

When asked if he had cut off the finance to Farage, Banks said that lawyer Reid had proposed a compromise that could work for both sides. He said cash did not play a role in Farage’s decision.

"We have a PM who led the official Leave campaign and who will return to Westminster with a majority to deliver Brexit," Banks said. "If there is not a Conservative majority then Brexit is over."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)

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