Andrew Bridgen: ‘No need’ for Brexit Party after Brexit

The Brexit Party lost in Peterborough, but pushed the Conservatives to third place

Friday, June 7, 2019

Brexit could bring about the end of the Brexit Party, according to Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen.

But the North West Leicestershire MP told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham the impact of the party should not be underestimated, after their candidate Mike Greene came second in the Peterborough by-election which Labour's Lisa Forbes won by 683 votes.

“The party didn’t exist eight weeks ago," he said. "It’s just pushed the Conservative Party into third. I think our vote held up better than people expected,” he said.

Conservative candidate Paul Bristow recieved just 21 per-cent of the vote but Mr Bridgen said a general election would be a different proposition for the Brexit Party.

“They don’t have any historic data as a guide to the voting intentions of constituents. It puts them at a huge disadvantage.”

He said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has a choice to make, as Tory voters flee in favour of the Brexit Party.

“He can either help the Eurosceptic conservatives deliver Brexit, or he can destroy the Conservative Party at a general election and put Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10, but he can’t do both.

“If you split the Eurosceptic vote between the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party the main beneficiary will be Jeremy Corbyn.”

Mr Bridgen predicted that a general election could be held in October and if Labour got into government Brexit may not be delivered.

"I’m sure that’s not what Nigel Farage wants,” he said.

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