Boost for Boris Johnson as Nigel Farage says Brexit Party won’t stand in Conservative seats
Nigel Farage has announced that his Brexit Party will not contest parliamentary seats held by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives at the upcoming December election.
The decision — a boost for Johnson — effectively reverses the anti-EU campaigner’s earlier pledge that the Brexit Party would fight all seats unless the prime minister committed to a no-deal Brexit.
“The Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election,” Farage announced while speaking about the party’s election strategy.
Farage said he feared that contesting all seats would create a hung parliament and hand gains to the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats.