BORIS JOHNSON is in a “weaker position” than Theresa May was two years ago according to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Mr Farage attacked the Prime Minister’s “betrayal” of a Brexit stance while speaking to Jeremy Vine on Channel 5.
Nigel Farage announced yesterday that he will not be standing as a candidate in the upcoming December general election, instead choosing to focus on leading the Brexit Party. He was keen to outline the difference between his party and the Tories when speaking to Jeremy Vine. He said: “A general election is about choice, what Boris is offering is three more years minimum of negotiations and a long term relationship tied to EU rules.
“What I am offering is a clean break and we can do that with a genuine free trade agreement.”
Mr Vine replied: “We did a Channel 5 show where we did some polling on a no deal Brexit and the polls were showing not even 20 percent of people want to go out with no deal, that thing has gone.”
Mr Farage responded: “A month ago if people were offered leave with a clean break vs extend with a second referendum there was a big majority for it.
“These things are very volatile.
“What Brexit voters want is they want Brexit done.
“It’s why Boris’ slogan is good but unfortunately what he is offering them isn’t the case.
“I am even told that in the Conservative manifesto to be issued on Wednesday they will even take out leaving with a no deal clean break if necessary so you’ve actually got Boris now in a weaker position on the EU than Theresa May was two years ago.”
Earlier today Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice praised Nigel Farage’s decision not to stand as a candidate in the general election on December 12th.
Mr Tice said: “Of all the politicians in this country there is no one braver and more courageous than Nigel.
“He has had the courage to do the really brave thing of saying no I am going to campaign nationwide to help others.
“Isn’t that brave?
“We’re a new young party and we have got a very clear objective and that is to get some MPs in to make sure we can hold this government to account.”
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Mr Farage, who has lost seven attempts to win a Westminster seat, had previously hinted he would stand again.
But he said yesterday that he had thought “very hard” about how best to serve the Brexit cause.
He said: “Do I find a seat to try 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.
“It’s very difficult to do both. It’s very difficult to be in a constituency every day and at the same time be out across the United Kingdom.”