Brexit Party U-turns on pledge to contest 600 seats

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The small print of the Farage declaration is his announcement that "we will concentrate our total effort into all the seats that are held by the Labour party" - although the Brexit party has yet to spell out exactly where it will run candidates.

He had faced mounting pressure to pull back from fielding candidates in seats where they could split the Tory vote.

But Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake, responding to the reports that the pro-Brexit European Research Group held talks with the Brexit Party over Mr Farage's decision to stand down candidates, said: 'These talks show that Nigel Farage is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

"Mr Farage and everyone else knew it would have been insane politics for the Brexit Party to take Leave votes away from the Tories and enable a pro-Remain grouping to take seats".

The app is likely to put Mr Banks on a collision course with Mr Farage unless the Brexit Party leader changes tack, with Leave.EU suggesting the fledgling anti-EU party could cost the Prime Minister a majority.

The Brexit Party leader pointed to the Prime Minister's decision to not extend the transition period beyond 2020 and agreeing to negotiate a Canada-style free-trade arrangement with the European Union as key reasons for not fielding the candidates. He will go down in infamy, letting down so many good people with whom he sought their trust.

In Kent, there will undoubtedly be some relief among Conservative candidates although the reality is that many have such whopping majorities that the threat of Brexit Party was probably fairly remote. "But now, it's that", she said, pointing to a turquoise-coloured placard of the Brexit Party before predicting it would win big support locally.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Farage said he saw "a chink of light" when he viewed the video posted on Twitter by Boris Johnson at the weekend. With the Brexit Party out of the way in these districts, pro-Brexit voters will have little choice but to vote for Johnson's Conservatives.

He denied that splitting the Leave vote risked a second referendum, describing it as "just more Remainer Project Fear".

"We will stand up and fight them all".

The new alliance could still hamper Boris Johnson's ability to win marginal Labour Leave seats being targeted by the Conservative Party at the upcoming election.

That has left some candidates furious and Robert Wheal, who was due to stand in Arundel, told Nick Ferrari he feels let down.

Labour accused Farage and Johnson of cooking up an alliance that threatened to "sell out our country" and pave the way for a post-Brexit trade deal that would open the state-run health service to USA drugs firms.

'Every vote for the Conservatives is a vote for an extreme Brexit agenda backed by Nigel Farage'.

In 2017, too, 80 percent of voters flocked to the two main parties, the Conservatives and the Labour Party.

He insisted the party stood a better chance of beating Labour than the Conservatives, who would "end up basically being a paper candidate".

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