Farage in Talks to Stand Down Candidates in Tory Brexiteer Seats: Report by VICTORIA FRIEDMAN for Breitbart
Nigel Farage is reportedly extending an olive branch to individual Conservatives by potentially standing down Brexit Party candidates in Tory Brexiteer seats, in order to ensure a Brexit government.
On a campaign visit to Labour seats in the Midlands, Mr Farage had told The Telegraph that he was “open” to such a move. But he suggested it was conditional on the Conservative candidates pledging not to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal treaty.
The Brexit Party leader has warned that Mr Johnson’s EU-approved deal “is not Brexit. It is a sell-out.” While the Withdrawal Agreement Bill had passed its first hurdle in the House of Commons, the prime minister would have to begin the process over again and bring the bill back to a new cohort of MPs after the December 12th election.
Asked if he would strike a deal with a Conservative MP who said they would not vote for the bill, Mr Farage told the right-wing newspaper: “I would look forward to speaking to them.”
“My track record… is that I have done deals with Labour and Conservatives in the past and I am open for the right people to do the same again.
“I am not going to put the interests of the party above the interests of the cause,” he added.
A friend of the Brexit Party leader confirmed that such local-level talks were taking place, telling The Telegraph: “We are having those conversations.”
Speaking at a rally in London on Monday night, Mr Farage said that while he personally liked Jacob Rees-Mogg, he condemned the Tory Brexiteer for saying that the Brexit Party should stand aside for the Conservatives, calling it “arrogant and conceited”.
Mr Farage had said later that evening that he had “given up” trying to make a pact with the upper echelons of the Conservative Party.
“They want to take us to a place that is not recognisable as Brexit… I have tried like crazy week after week to put together a Leave alliance that will win a huge majority and all I get is abuse back.
“So, in the end, you begin to think what’s the point?”