NIGEL FARAGE is “undaunted” as he announces 600 candidates to beat MPs “turning backs on promises”, he claimed during a Brexit Party rally.
But Mr Farage is now facing claims that this strategy could lead to a hung Parliament, risking Brexit all together. According to the Daily Telegraph, Steve Baker, chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), held nothing back after Mr Farage’s election announcements. He said: “Nigel Farage’s critique [of the Brexit deal]is wrong.
“Whilst there are some compromises people like me have to swallow, Boris’s deal is a path to a great future.
“But we will not succeed if Nigel Farage creates a hung parliament by dogmatically pursuing purity.
“That’s the irony of Nigel Farage.
“He risks being the man who hands Boris a weak and indecisive Parliament, and bringing about, therefore, his own worst fears.”
Up until now Mr Baker had remained in step with Mr Farage’s views on Brexit, but now fears he risks derailing any Brexit.
Going further, Mr Baker even criticised Mr Farage’s decision not to stand for a seat of his own:
If Mr Farage was “serious about getting us out of the EU he would stand for Parliament. I am flabbergasted he is not standing”.
Mr Farage in the past has lost out on a parliamentary seat seven times, and has said he will not contest an eighth time.
This time round he asserts that his efforts will be better spent “traversing the length and breadth” of the country instead of on one seat.
Arron Banks, who worked closely with Mr Farage during the EU referendum and was a major Ukip donor during his leadership, also levelled criticism saying the Brexit Party leader was giving Remainers a boost.
Mr Banks said: “I don’t think he will go through with his threat, but if he does, it is the wrong thing to do.
“He risks splitting the vote in some seats and letting a Lib Dem through the middle to win – a party which wants to cancel Brexit altogether.”
Pushing ahead with his promise that the Brexit party would contest almost every seat, Mr Farage justified the decision given the nature of Boris’ deal.
Labelling the agreement struck with the EU by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “gigantic con”, calling it a “Remainer’s Brexit”.
Despite seeking a Leaver’s alliance with the Conservatives, he added he believes the current deal would be “virtually worse than staying where we are”.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show yesterday he challenged Mr Johnson’s belief in Brexit saying: “If Boris was going for a genuine Brexit, then we wouldn’t need to fight him in this election, if we go through this route we will finish up rejoining.”
This comes as Boris Johnson receives a major boost in the latest opinion poll, charting the Conservatives as a full 12 point lead over Labour in voting intentions.
The poll was conducted by Britain Elects and covers the period from October 30 up to November 1.
According to the poll, the Tories currently stand on 39 percent, followed by Labour on 27 and the Liberal Democrats on 16.
The Lib Dems continue to see support fall, the party slipping another two percentage points.
Jo Swanson’s gamble to stop Brxit entirely seems to be backfiring.
However, the biggest loser in the latest round of polling is Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which has seen its support collapse to just seven percent – a drop of six points.