Stewart Jackson: Remain pact are seeking a 'hung Parliament'

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Stewart Jackson has dismissed a Remain alliance formed by the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party as a group hoping for a hung Parliament.

The former Conservative MP told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham the alliance will struggle to convince voters to support a second referendum.

“What they’re hoping for is a hung Parliament and most electors want a hung Parliament like a hole in the head,” he said.

“They’re going to have a tough time on the doorstep saying to people actually we want a second referendum in order for there to be another year or two of fractiousness, of anger, of bad relations between families and friends. People have had it with that.”

The three parties have agreed not to run candidates against each other in 61 constituencies across England and Wales.

It followed an agreement in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, which saw the Liberal Democrats claim the seat from the Conservative Party.

Mr Jackson has ruled out a similar pact between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party to counter the Remain alliance.

“The Brexit Party can’t win a majority, so they can’t deliver Brexit. The idea they’re going to go from zero to 326 seats is fantasy, and what they are doing is risking another hung Parliament,” he said.

President of the Liberal Democrats, Sal Brinton, told talkRADIO the deal would challenge both Labour and Conservative candidates.

“The principal thing for us is standing against parties that promote Brexit and both Labour and the Conservative parties are on a Brexit platform,” she said.

“We believe that by doing that we will actually strengthen the chances of returning an MP who will support remain and fight to remain.”

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