The boss of the Brexit party Nigel Farage wants to compete in the parliamentary election on 12 December now not in almost all British constituencies. "The Brexit party will not compete for the 317 seats won by the Conservative party in the previous election," Farage said Monday at a campaign meeting in the northeastern English port of Hartlepool. Instead, she wants to focus entirely on the constituencies represented by Labor and pro-European parties.
Until recently, Farage had ruled out an election pact with the Tories of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as long as they did not pledge to leave the EU without an agreement. Johnson hopes for a stable majority in the election to bring his beleagured Brexit deal through the House of Commons. Farage had denied so far on the grounds that it was not a "real Brexit". Conservative politicians feared that the competition from the right could cost them important votes.
Farage got pressure from his own people
Whether the Comrade Farages makes a decisive difference to Johnson is questionable. The Premier is reliant on the votes of Brexit advocates in traditional Labor strongholds such as the northeast of England and the West Midlands around Birmingham for a clear victory. But the expectation is that disappointed Labor voters may be more likely to overrun Farage's Brexit party than the hated Tories. In addition, the opposition's decision may help mobilize its followers, as Farage is particularly hated by Remainers. Labor party leader Corbyn has already tweeted that the new Brexit alliance is a "Trump alliance" and theatricality on steroids.
Allegedly, the change of mind in Farage had triggered a statement by Johnson. The head of government has agreed to shape future relations with the EU in the framework of a free trade agreement on the model of Canada, said Farage. "That made a big difference to me." So far, there has always been talk of a close and special partnership. But Farage was reportedly also under heavy pressure from its own ranks.