REMAIN PARTIES are forging a sinister new pact to thwart Boris Johnson’s chances in the December General Election in a desperate bid to block Brexit and undermine the 2016 Leave result.
In a bid to stop Mr Johnson from remaining in power, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party are due to reveal a Remain pact of up to 60 seats. The Prime Minister also faces threats from The Brexit Party which could stand against the Tories and also thwart Conservative hopes of a majority in crunch seats. The plan will see only one candidate from the three parties standing – while the others stand aside so as not to split the vote.
The Lib Dems have already agreed to stand aside for the Greens in the Isle of Wight.
Jo Swinson’s party is also expected to stand aside in Brighton Pavilion, which is the seat held by the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas.
The Remainer Pact is being organised by a group called Unite to Remain and is co-ordinating anti-Brexit activities in 50 seats.
Political scientist Sir John Curtice this week warned that Britain could be on course for another hung parliament, in what could be the most unpredictable election of modern times.
He said: “I will make a prediction. There are going to be a record number of non-Conservative and non-Labour MPs as a result of this election. That makes it difficult for the Tories and Labour to win an overall majority”.
This comes as Nigel Farage has warned Mr Johnson that he will field Brexit Party candidates in every constituency unless he changes his withdrawal agreement with the EU.
Mr Johnson has warned that a vote for anyone else except the Tories could see Corbyn entering No 10 Downing Street.
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Mr Farage announced on Sunday morning that he would not be standing as an MP.
He said on Andrew Marr: ”I have thought very hard about this: How do I serve the cause of Brexit best?”
“Do I find a seat and try to get myself into parliament or do I serve the cause better traversing the length and breadth of the United Kingdom supporting 600 candidates, and I’ve decided the latter course is the right one.”
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A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times has found that Labour had gained six points between Wednesday and Friday of last week.
In four days of election drama, Britain has seen a colossal number of Remainer MPs stand down before their futures are decided upon by voters.
These include Nicky Morgan, Caroline Spelman, David Lidington, Jo Johnson – the Prime Minister’s brother – Richard Benyon, Oliver Letwin, Ken Clarke, Justine Greening, Amber Rudd and Rory Stewart.
The election date is December 12.