Nigel Farage’s offer to form an electoral pact with Tory prime minister Boris Johnson in an effort to deliver Brexit at the next general election has been rejected by Downing Street.
A Downing Street source described Nigel Farage and his main financial backer Aaron Banks as not being “fit and proper” people to be allowed anywhere near government, which is a bold claim to make when the current prime minister is a serial liar and adulterer.
However, the Brexit Party leader had offered to enter into an electoral pact with the Tories if Johnson was fully committed to a no-deal exit with the EU, which he describes as a “clean-break Brexit”, but a Downing Street spokesman said: “The PM will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage.”
During the 2016 EU referendum, Nigel Farage campaigned with the rival Leave EU group set up by Aaron Banks, while Boris Johnson and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings were key components of the official Vote Leave campaign.
Tory snowflake Cummings has always been nervous about the former UKIP leader’s anti-immigration rhetoric, whilst Johnson is a self-proclaimed cosmopolitan liberal despite overwhelming support from the nativist Tory rank-and-file grassroots membership. Nigel Farage himself, although squeamish about support from ex-members of the BNP, is not averse to standing (former) far-left activists such as Claire Fox and other (former) far-left activists as Brexit Party candidates.
The Brexit Party offered not to stand candidates against hardline Brexit Tories who support no-deal. It also wants the Tories not to run in around ninety Leave-voting constituencies, mainly in the north of England, that have never backed them and supported the Brexit Party in the recent European Parliament elections.
A Brexit Party newspaper is being distributed in those areas (see above) and it is obvious that while the Tory Party will never win in places such as Sunderland, South Shields and Gateshead, the Brexit Party could easily derail the Labour party gravy train in those areas given a clear run at the next general election.
Nigel Farage also claims it could help banish an threat from a ‘Remain Alliance’ of opposition parties who could depose Boris Johnson and the Tories and bring an end to the Brexit process.
Nigel Farage has made it clear that he will not support any rehashed version of Theresa May’s failed deal should Johnson decide to go down that path. Despite Boris Johnson pledging to leave the EU by October the 31st, a recent law passed by Westminster obliges him to ask for a Brexit extension if a deal with the EU cannot be reached by that date.
However, if no electoral pact is forthcoming between Farage and Johnson then the Tory party could be sunk at the ballot box by the Brexit Party at the next general election.