Downing Street has confirmed that the Conservatives will not form an alliance with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party ahead of the general election in December.
Boris Johnson said today “the only way to get this thing [Brexit] done is to vote for us”.
“Vote for this government because unfortunately, as I tried to point out, if you vote for any other party the risk is you'll just get Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, dither and delay, not just one referendum next year but two referendums,” he told ITV News.
A Number 10 source confirmed that this explicitly meant no deals with the Brexit Party.
Earlier Mr Farage launched his party's campaign with a call on the Prime Minister to scrap his deal and form a “leave alliance” to deliver a “stonking majority”.
He explained the idea: “There are seats in which we would not stand and there are some seats in which the Conservatives would not stand,” adding that leave constituencies represented by remain-supporting MPs are the Brexit Party’s “number one target”.
The long-standing Brexit campaigner said he would field candidates in every seat in the country, which Conservatives fear could damage their chances of success by splitting leave voters.
Mr Johnson has warned a victory for his party was “a very big if” but said it would pave the way to push his deal through with a new parliamentary make-up.
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