NIGEL FARAGE left Piers Morgan speechless in a fiery debate over the Brexit Party’s role in the upcoming general election as the ITV host claimed the Brexiteer should “swallow his pride” and help Boris Johnson win.
Piers Morgan told the Brexit Party leader he should allow Boris Johnson to win the next general election and “compromise” on the number of seats his party will attempt to win over. But Nigel Farage rolled his eyes at the idea and said he would have to “sell out”, and would only do so if the Prime Minister committed to a “clean Brexit” in his manifesto. He said: “If Boris’ manifesto does not include the commitment to leave with a clean break if necessary – even Theresa May’s manifesto back in 2017 had that. Unless you aim high in life you’re never going to get there.”
Challenged by the TV host on the fact that Boris Johnson has already tried and failed to deliver on his no deal promise once, Mr Farage responded that even Theresa May – who is not a “hardliner” on Brexit managed to pledge she would deliver on the referendum result deal or no deal back in 2017.
Unsatisfied with the answer, Mr Morgan asked: “How, if he puts it in the manifesto, is he going to deliver no deal when Parliament has already said it’s not going to let it happen?”
But Nigel Farage left the TV host speechless with his witty reply. He said: “You have no idea who’s going to be in the next Parliament.
“Do you? You have no idea!
“Piers, the reason we have elections is to give people fresh choices and to start again.”
On Sunday, the Brexit Party leader announced he would not stand as an MP for his party at the upcoming December elections.
Mr Farage claimed he “serves Brexit best” by supporting other Brexit Party candidates.
He added that it is “very difficult” to be in a constituency every day and be out across the United Kingdom.
He told BBC’s Andrew Marr: “I thought very hard about this, how do I serve the cause of Brexit best?
“Because that’s what I’m doing this for. Not for a career, I don’t want to be in politics for the rest of my life.
“Do I find a seat, try and 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.”
He added: “It’s very difficult to do both.
“Very difficult to be in a constituency every day and at the same time be out across the United Kingdom.
“Because I do want people to know when they’re told ‘this gets Brexit done’, ‘it will all be over by Christmas’ I think is what Boris Johnson is saying this morning.
“They need to understand that actually what’s on offer is a close linkage with all the European institutions, a next negotiating phase of at least three years.
“So I’m going out across the country starting tomorrow.”
Mr Farage previously warned that he may allow Brexit Party candidates to stand across the country.
Speaking of Mr Johnson’s deal with the EU, Mr Farage said: “When you get it out of the fridge, it’s really appetising and delicious for a few days, but after a couple of weeks it stinks and is inedible.”