Alliance 'neeeds to be done'
Farage to Johnson: work with us or we will fight every seat
Nigel Farage: I hope common sense will prevail (pic: Terry Murden)
Nigel Farage said his Brexit Party may contest every seat across England, Scotland and Wales in the General Election as he issued an ultimatum to Boris Johnson.
Mr Farage said he was open to forging a ‘Leave Alliance’ with the Conservative Party – but only if Mr Johnson ditched his deal with the EU.
US President Donald Trump last night urged Mr Farage and Mr Johnson to do a deal and form an “unstoppable force”. He said the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for the UK.
Analysts believed it unlikely that the Tory leader would accept the proposed alliance on Mr Farage’s terms because the Brexit deal is likely to be a central part of the Conservative Party manifesto.
Without a “Brexit alliance” Mr Farage hinted that 500 candidates would battle against all parties in a move that increases the likelihood of a hung parliament.
He said: “The risk of the vote being split is very real,” and he urged his Tory counterpart to “drop the deal” he had agreed with Brussels “because it is not Brexit”.
Unless he does so, Mr Farage said he would spread the message across the UK that the agreement represents a “sell out”.
“We will contest every single seat in England, Scotland and Wales. Please don’t doubt that we are ready,” he said.
There’s two weeks to put together a leave alliance and it needs to be done– Nigel Farage, Brexit Party
However, he held out the prospect that “common sense prevails” and that the two parties can strike a pact which would involve Mr Johnson ripping up his deal and negotiating a free trade deal with the EU.
“There’s two weeks to put together a leave alliance and it needs to be done,” he told a media briefing.
The Brexit Party will also appeal to Labour-held Leave-supporting seats where traditional ties are being tested by the EU debate.
Mr Farage attacked Labour’s plan to hold a second referendum.
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice said it was clear that the Tories are “unable to deliver Brexit on their own”.
Conservative grassroots favour a non-aggression pact with the Tories after an audit by the Daily Mail found Mr Johnson could miss out in almost 90 battleground constituencies if they run against each other.
If the Brexit Party choose not to stand and 70 per cent of their backers switch to the Tories (while 30 per cent go to Labour), then the Conservatives could take 38 target seats off Labour.
A poll by the Conservative Home website found that more than half back an agreement.