Brexit Party MEP Jonathan Bullock said Nigel Farage is “probably the biggest political genius of the last 20 years” and accused Boris Johnson of being “jealous” of the party’s success.
He told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham the Brexit Party has no reason to align with the Conservatives, as Mr Johnson insisted he would “absolutely not” work with Mr Farage over Brexit.
“I’m not sure why we would want to damage our brand with Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party has failed to deliver Brexit,” Mr Bullock said.
“Theresa May promised 108 times to leave on March the 29th and we didn’t and Boris is promising essentially the same thing for Halloween. Why should we believe him?”
However Mr Bullock said the leadership frontrunner should swallow his pride and follow the Brexit Party’s “fresh approach” on leaving the EU.
“He should be absolutely saying the Brexit Party has got it right, and we’re going to follow what they are suggesting,” he said.
“The way to do it is by a managed no deal and then hopefully a free-trade deal following that with the EU.”
He added: “We would be out and we would carry on trading, the world would go on, and everyone could get on with the rest of our lives.”
Mr Bullock was elected to the European parliament in 2017, and was re-elected in the Brexit Party’s landslide victory earlier this year.
He said the Conservative Party can only blame itself for losing ground to the Brexit Party.
“I think it’s the Tories who have been damaging the Tory brand. We have been putting forward a fresh approach in terms of a great new number of people,” he added.
“I think he’s [Boris Johnson] probably jealous of the Brexit party for a start because of our recent success. I think he’s probably slightly scared of Nigel Farage.”