Brexit Party's anti-Boris ads ran despite truce

The ads appeared in a number of Tory constituencies

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Brexit Party were still running anti-Boris adverts in Conservative seats after promising to stand down candidates, talkRADIO can reveal.

On Monday, party leader Nigel Farage had pledged to stand aside Brexit Party candidates in the 317 seats that the Conservatives won in 2017 in order to avoid splitting the pro-Brexit vote.

But on Tuesday evening, talkRADIO discovered that the Brexit Party were still running attack adverts in a number of Tory constituencies.

Those Googling ‘Conservative Party’ would find the first result was a paid advert from the Brexit Party claiming that ‘Boris' Deal is not Brexit’. 

The advert led to a website criticising Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal - setting out ‘why we need a clean break’ from the EU. 

Seats the adverts appeared in included a Tory/Lib Dem marginal in the South West, and a cabinet minister's seat, among others.

After talkRADIO approached the Brexit Party for comment on Tuesday evening, the adverts appeared to have been taken down. 

It comes as Nigel Farage confirmed he will not give in to pressure from some Brexiteers and stand down Brexit Party candidates in Conservative target seats.

He has also called for the Conservatives to stand aside in some Labour areas, where the Brexit Party might stand a chance of success. 

Mr Farage’s decision to stand down candidates in Tory-held seats has not been universally popular with his party.

Brexit Party MEP Alex Phillips told talkRADIO that she would not be voting in the election as a result.

"I think it was far too generous an offer, I’d be a lot more brutal if I were party leader," she said.

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