Nigel Farage has announced that the Brexit Party will not stand in seats at the upcoming general election that were won by the Conservatives in 2017.
The move, announced on Monday, is thought to be in an attempt to prevent remain-backing parties winning seats where the leave-vote might have been split. Nigel Farage said that he hoped the move would prevent a second referendum from taking place on the Brexit issue, adding,
“In a sense, we now have a leave alliance”
Boris Johnson has denied that he did a deal with Mr Farage. The Conservatives have welcomed the decision by the Brexit Party to not field candidates in the 317 seats they won in 2017.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the move as a “Trump alliance”. He tweeted;
“One week ago Donald Trump told Nigel Farage to make a pact with Boris Johnson.
“Today, Trump got his wish. This Trump alliance is Thatcherism on steroids and could send £500m a week from our NHS to big drugs companies. It must be stopped.”
Jo Swinson, the leader of the Lib Dems tweeted, “The Conservative Party are the Brexit Party now.”
The move comes after Nigel Farage called on Mr Johnson to agree to a leave-alliance, or else his party would stand in 600 seats across the UK.
Photo: Nigel Farage | Credit: Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0]