MIKE GREENE has warned that Brexit is “not across the line yet” and called for a Leave alliance in the upcoming General Election.
The Brexit Party candidate for Peterborough urged Boris Johnson to strike a pact with Nigel Farage. The businessman said if the Prime Minister is “serious about not splitting votes he should have a Leave alliance”.
Mr Greene added: “I do believe without Brexit Party MPs in Westminster there will be no Brexit.
“It’s certainly not across the line yet, it will be weakened once it gets into the Lords and without us in Westminster holding their feet to the flames we will not have Brexit.”
Mr Greene said he has been under pressure to pull out of the race to avoid splitting the pro-Brexit vote in the General Election on December 12.
But the would-be MP insisted the Conservatives should stand aside in Peterborough after he won more votes in June’s by-election, narrowly missing out to Labour.
Mr Greene said: “I got 35 percent more votes than the Tory candidate and yet when I started my by-election I’d only agreed the week before to run.
“With weeks of experience I beat him by 35 percent so if anyone should stand down, if there is that conversation to be had and it was Leavers looking after Leavers or Remainers looking after Remainers, you would think you would take the person getting the most votes.”
The Brexit Party candidate also warned Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal “ties us in so many ways” to the EU.
He said: “I had high hopes for Boris when he first got in and thought if any Tory is going to do this he’s the man.
“He’s got weaker and weaker the whole way through. He said deal or no deal but no delay – well he’s delayed and taken no deal off the table and his deal isn’t Brexit so on how many counts can he fail on his pledge.”
It comes as Mr Johnson has rejected Mr Farage’s offer of an alliance between the Tories and the Brexit Party.
Mr Farage initially called for the Prime Minister to abandon his divorce deal, which he finalised with the EU in October, in return for an electoral pact.
But earlier this week, the Brexit Party leader appeared to have watered down his demands following calls to withdraw candidates in hundreds of seats to boost Mr Johnson’s chances of a majority.
Mr Farage has now said he will stand at least 600 candidates in the General Election unless the Prime Minister secures changes to the political declaration on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Boris Johnson is offering something that is not Brexit and does not get Brexit done.
“Boris Johnson needs to make it clear that he will fundamentally change the political declaration in two ways.
“Firstly that he will get rid of an extension that will allow it to go on until at least 2022. We need to have the clause in the political declaration removed so we have a hard deadline.
“The second point is that we simply cannot, absolutely cannot, bind ourselves to a trade deal that gives us regulatory alignment that would prevent us from doing trade deals with the rest of the world and would mean we are not making our own laws.”
It comes after the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party announced a Remainer pact yesterday.
The parties will not run candidates against each other in 60 seats across England and Wales.