BREXIT Party leader Nigel Farage has perfectly explained how Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal bill shackles the UK to the bloc indefinitely.
The Brexiteer, who like Mr Johnson campaigned for the leave vote, has ripped apart his rival’s deal with the EU the day he announced being subbed by the Tories means he will urge every constituency to vote for him. Mr Farage said: “Boris tells us it is a great new deal. It is not, it’s a bad old treaty and simply it is not Brexit. “What we are doing here is kicking the can down the road for at least a further three years.
“Entering into another round of agonising negotiations. And Monsieur Barnier has set down the terms already.
“We are committing in an international treaty, Boris Johnson wants Parliament to vote for, for us to ratify, we are committing to negotiating for up to three years in line with the Political Declaration.
“And that means we’re aiming for regulatory alignment.
“Everything from financial services to fisheries would, if we do this trade deal, be tied to EU law.
“We will not in any way be taking back control of our laws, our money or our borders and I am actually grateful to President Trump for making it clear last night.
“Doing it in a way, he didn’t want to hurt Boris Johnson, he’s a fan of Boris Johnson, he thinks that Johnson has brought great energy to the job, but putting it very simply that if we continue down this route there will not be trade deals with the USA or indeed, I don’t think, any other parts of the world.”
He added: “Boris’s deal gives us all of the burdens of EU membership but no say whatsoever and it will not get Brexit done.”
MPs finally allowed Boris Johnson to hold a snap general election this week, as lawmakers backed the Prime Minister’s motion for a nationwide vote on December 12.
Mr Johnson hopes to secure a parliamentary majority to ensure his Brexit deal passes the Commons ahead of the new Brexit deadline of January 31.
But pollsters have warned he may struggle to secure the 320 seats necessary to get a majority, owing to the popularity of third parties.
Polling guru Sir John Curtice made the shocking prediction that a “record number” of non-Conservative MPs and non-Labour MPs will be in Parliament after the election.
He expects the SNP to win a vast majority of seats in Scotland and also believed the Lib Dems will do “extremely well”.
The politics professor at Strathclyde University told LBC: “We could have more than 100 MPs that do not belong to either of the other two parties.”
It may be sensible therefore for the Prime Minister to agree an electoral pact with Mr Farage, to avoid a split Leave vote and to bolster his chances of gaining a parliamentary majority.
The Brexit Party have offered him one, but only on the grounds he drops the Withdrawal Agreement he negotiated with the EU.
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice said on Twitter: “We’ve made a reasonable compromise offer to the Tories. Drop the terrible Withdrawal Agreement and take 6 months to negotiate a simple Free Trade Deal using Article 24 of WTO rules.
“If so we can support Boris to build a powerful Leave Alliance to ensure a big majority.”
Speaking at the launch of the Brexit Party’s general election campaign, Mr Farage reiterated the party’s offer of an election pact – but only if the Tory leader agreed to a “clean Brexit” and an end to Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal.
This was shot down by James Cleverly, who said: “A vote for Farage risks letting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street via the back door – and the country spending 2020 having two referendums on Brexit and Scottish independence.”
Following the launch this morning, bookmakers have slashed odds for a hung Parliament. Ladbrokes immediately cut the odds of a hung Parliament into just even money.