NIGEL Farage has urged Boris Johnson to do a deal with him to let his Brexit party win seats in Labour heartlands.
The politician, 55, declared “we’re here to stay” despite claims that his new party could stop the Prime Minister from winning an election.
Polling suggests the pro-Leave vote is now split between the Tories and the Brexit Party, meaning Boris could struggle to get enough MPs to form a Government.
Some commentators blamed the Brexit Party after a Lib Dem Remainer MP nabbed a Tory-held seat in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election on Friday.
But Farage pointed out his party did to the Tories in Brecon what the Tories did to them in the Peterborough by-election in June, where the Brexit Party came second to Labour.
“Just look at Peterborough, where the Conservatives split our vote,” he told The Times.
“The Brexit Party only exists because the Conservatives failed to deliver on March 29th.
‘WE’RE HERE TO STAY’
“On current form, I have little faith in Boris delivering on October 31. That means we’re here to stay.”
The Brecon by-election result meant Boris’ majority was slashed down to one – a week after getting into office.
The Brexit Party leader suggested the Tories should stand down in seats such as Pontefract & Castleford.
This constituency voted 69 per cent for Leave but is held by the Labour Remainer Yvette Cooper.
“The Tories won’t win there ever and clearly if the Tories split our vote we won’t win.”
The Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party are both riding high in the polls, effectively turning Britain’s two party system into a four-party one.
But Boris’ party would have a strong lead over Labour and would kill off a significant chunk of support for the Brexit Party if the PM went back to the country after getting Britain out without a deal, ComRes analysis showed.
Farage said he did not foresee Boris pulling off a clean Brexit. Instead he believes there could soon be a general election.
In the interview, he also expressed his admiration for Donald Trump.
Farage described Trump’s “go back” comments aimed at four congresswomen of colour as “genius”.
The US president’s remarks were widely condemned as racist after he told the four Democrats known as the Squad to return to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came”.
But the Brexit Party leader praised Trump’s words as being politically shrewd, despite saying they made him feel uncomfortable.
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Farage compared watching his ally’s “pretty brisk style” to being a child watching daleks on Doctor Who.
He told The Times: “I thought, ‘Dear, oh dear, oh dear’.
“You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius because what’s happened is the Democrats gather round the Squad, which allows him to say, ‘Oh look, the Squad are the centre of the Democratic Party’.”
Trump was targeting congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib with the remarks.
They are all US citizens and only Ms Omar, from Somalia, was born outside the nation.
The President criticised the women “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world”.
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He suggested “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the remarks as “racist” and challenged Boris Johnson to do so too during the Tory leadership contest.
Boris refused to, but did criticise the remarks as “totally unacceptable”.
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NIGEL Farage has urged Boris Johnson to do a deal with him to let his Brexit party win seats in Labour heartlands. The politician, 55, declared “we’re here to stay” despite claims that his new party could stop the Prime Minister from winning an election. Polling suggests the pro-Leave vote is now split between the […]Read More