NIGEL FARAGE could have Brexit “evaporate” if he challenges the Conservative Party in key seats after Boris Johnson rejected several offers to form a “Leave Alliance” for the general elections.
Nigel Farage offered to have Brexit Party candidates to stand aside in marginal seats to help the Conservative Party secure a majority at the December 12 general election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeatedly refused the offer, spurring Mr Farage to warn his candidates will challenge Tories to sweep up seats and enter Parliament. But Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey told the Today programme: “I’m conscious that this election is not only going to be about Brexit.
But the main differentiations I can see right now that is very clear is that the Conservative Party is the party to get Brexit done.
“I cannot understand how Nigel Farage being the person who lets Brexit evaporate.”
Ms Coffey insisted the Conservative Party “has the chance” of securing enough of a majority to form a government and deliver on its pledge to deliver Brexit.
She continued: “Clearly, only the Conservative Party in this election has the chance of being in Government.
“They are the only party who are going to respect the referendum result from 2016.
“I think the only way to make sure we have a party in the majority Conservative government who will deliver Brexit is for people to vote Conservative rather than any other party that risks that not being the outcome.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week secured MPs’ support for a general election after three previous attempts to trigger a vote failed as the Labour Party abstained.
Mr Johnson is hoping to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament by introducing a new swathe of pro-Brexit MPs in the Commons.
While candidates have until November 14 to put down their names, Mr Farage announced at the Brexit Party’s campaign launch on Friday as many as 500 candidates will confirm their candidacy on Monday.
But Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg urged the staunch Brexiteer to “retire” after accomplishing his “life’s work” with the Leave victory in 2016.
The North Somerset MP said: “Nigel Farage should be very proud of his career.
“It would be a great shame if he were to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It can be very difficult to retire but that’s what he should do.”
A new poll of 1,150 voters from ORB International revealing the Labour Party, at 28 percent, is just eight points behind the Conservative Party, who are on 36 percent.
In the two weeks before The Sunday Telegraph poll, four more were conducted and revealed the Conservatives had a lead of between 13 and 16 points. The survey also showed the Liberal Democrats as further behind at 14 percent, with the Brexit Party at 12 percent.
Professor Sir John Curtice claimed in The Sunday Telegraph that the Prime Minister is behind the vote share achieved by Theresa May at the 2017 election.