Nigel Farage lashes out at 'arrogant' Tory calls for the Brexit Party to stand aside

Mail Online | 8/5/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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Nigel Farage has lashed out at 'arrogant' Tory calls for the Brexit Party to stand aside in a general election to avoid splitting the Leave vote.

The MEP said the failure of the government to get the UK out of the EU by the previous March deadline was the 'very reason we exist', adding: 'We simply do not trust them to deliver'.

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Conservative MPs have been urging Mr Farage to decide whether he wants to 'deliver Brexit or destroy the Tory party' - warning he 'cannot do both'.

The risk of fragmenting Eurosceptic support was underlined last week when a 'Remainer alliance' led by the Lib Dems won the Brecon by-election.

Triumph - Candidate - Jane - Dodds - Votes

The triumph came despite their candidate Jane Dodds despite securing fewer votes than the Tories and Brexit Party combined.

The result heaped pressure on Boris Johnson to re-think his opposition to an election pact - with a poll expected within months as the government's majority dwindles and MPs vow to block No Deal Brexit.

PM - Push - Today - £1 - Boost

The PM is continuing what appears to be a pre-election push today as he unveils a £1.8billion boost for the NHS, being targeted mainly on Leave-voting areas.

Mr Johnson's maverick chief aide Dominic Cummings is said to be drawing up plans for an anti-establishment campaign that would be portrayed as 'the people versus politicians'.

Claims - Weekend - MPs - Brexit - Party

There were claims at the weekend that at least 10 Conservative MPs have urged the Brexit Party not to stand in their constituencies.

Prominent Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker said: 'It is becoming obvious to all now that the Brexit Party standing against the Conservative Party would produce a massive own goal.'

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Former minister Crispin Blunt...
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