Downing Street has dismissed Nigel Farage’s offer to form a non-aggression pact with the Brexit Party at the next election.
A Number 10 spokesman was blunt and clear: “The PM will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage”.
The Brexit Party had offered to stay away from seats currently held by a Conservative MP who voted against the Withdrawal Agreement three times and supports no deal.
In return it wanted the Tories to avoid running in 90 Leave-voting constituencies that have never backed the Conservatives and supported the Brexit Party in the European elections.
However these terms would not prevent the party fielding a candidate against the Prime Minister, who voted for the Agreement once and has said he wants a deal.
Mr Farage said the deal would ward off a “Remain alliance” that oppose Brexit and could take control of Parliament
On Twitter he said he did not want a job in government and was trying to “deliver a clean break Brexit”.
“Does the Downing Street spokesman want to play petty party politics or deliver on the wishes of 17.4 million people? It’s time they made up their minds,” he said.
The Brexit Party leader has said he is ready for a general election which could be held as early as mid-November.
It would be the biggest test for the fledgling party, that won 29 seats in the European elections earlier this year but failed to unseat Labour in the Peterborough by-election.