Nigel Farage names his price: Brexit Party will agree election pact with the Tories if they are allowed a free run at 90 seats, leader tells Boris Johnson
- The Brexiteer said in exchange he would not field candidates against Tory MPs
- Mr Farage wants to target Labour seats where UKIP have had some success
- He would also ask Mr Johnson to drop the oft-criticised Withdrawal Agreement
Nigel Farage will reportedly agree an election pact with the Tories if the Brexit Party are allowed a free run at 90 seats.
The hardline Brexiteer said that in exchange he would not field candidates against sitting Tory MPs or in specific target seats.
It is understood Mr Farage wants to go after Labour seats where UKIP has previously had some success, such as in the Midlands and North East.
A source told The Sun: ‘Nigel has had some conversations with people who are very close to Boris, not MPs or ministers to keep them discreet.
It is understood Mr Farage wants to go after Labour seats where UKIP have had some success, such as in the Midlands and North East
The Brexiteer would also ask Boris Johnson to drop the Withdrawal Agreement
‘They’re more to scope out whether he’s serious about a deal than actual negotiations, and the Tories know appreciate he is. It is a beginning’.
The source added: ‘It’s very simple, it’s all about the numbers. Boris knows he cannot win a majority without our help’.
Mr Farage is hopeful the party would be able to capitalise on Labour’s confusing Brexit position.
The Brexiteer would also ask Mr Johnson to drop the Withdrawal Agreement.
It comes as Sir Keir Starmer will tell the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton on Wednesday that opposition MPs ‘will be ready’ to fight a no-deal exit when the Commons sits again in October.
On a looming general election, he will say Labour will have to ‘clean up the mess left by the Tories’ in relation to Brexit and ‘draw a line’ under the Government’s ‘failed’ negotiations.
‘Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson now thinks that by shutting down Parliament he will shut us up. Nothing could be further from the truth,’ Sir Keir is expected to tell delegates.
‘Just as we worked throughout the summer to pass a law preventing no deal, so we will work each and every day we are shut down to enforce that law.
It comes as Sir Keir Starmer will tell the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton on Wednesday that opposition MPs ‘will be ready’ to fight a no-deal exit when the Commons sits again in October
‘Prime Minister: you can hide from Parliament for a few weeks, but when we return we will be ready.’
Sir Keir will also warn that his party will ‘very soon’ have to beat the Conservatives at the ballot box.
He will add: ‘Brexit will of course be a crucial issue at this election. We have to draw a line under the wasted years of Tory rule and failed negotiations.
‘We will have to break the deadlock. And clean up the mess left by the Tories.
‘A referendum is the only way to do so. And that is why Jeremy (Corbyn) was right to say at Congress yesterday that an incoming Labour government will commit to a referendum.
‘And, of course, ‘remain’ should and will be on the ballot paper along with a credible option to leave.’
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