Ann Widdecombe: Brexit Party can deliver Brexit without majority

Monday, November 11, 2019

Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe has said her party does not need to win a majority in the general election in order to deliver its goals.

The former Conservative MP said her new party will be “fighting big time” in Labour seats where Remain MPs represent Leave constituencies.

“We are perfectly capable of holding the balance of power and delivering Brexit that way," she told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer.

“We don’t have to win an outright majority, which I agree with you realistically we’re not going to – we don’t have to win an outright majority in order to have an enormous parliamentary influence on Brexit.”

Her comments come as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage faces calls to stand down candidates in seats that could split the Conservative vote.

Mr Farage had repeatedly urged Boris Johnson to form an election pact in a bid to secure support from Leave voters.

But the Prime Minister ruled out the offer, saying the “only way” to deliver Brexit is to vote Conservative.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have teamed up with the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to form a so-called Remain alliance in a bid to keep Britain in the EU.

The electoral pact will cover 60 seats across England and Wales and will involve candidates standing aside to give one of the Remain-supporting parties the best chance of winning the seat.

Ms Widdecombe said Mr Johnson’s rejection of a similar agreement between the Leave parties showed an “enormous sense of entitlement in the Tory Party”.

She warned: “Let’s just see what happens and if there’s a hung Parliament, with the Brexit Party with the balance of power, [the Conservatives] will have nobody but themselves to blame.”

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