Farage Announces Brexit Party Retreat

The UK elections environment has seen a dramatic twist this week.

Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit party, announced that the party will not field candidates in Conservative constituencies and will only oppose those held by Labour or other parties.

There has been a great deal of speculation over the recent weeks as to whether Farage would stand against the Tories. This would have potentially diluted the vote enough to stop the Conservatives from gaining a majority.

However, Farage’s announcement that his party will not run against 317 Conservative-held seats marks a stark change in course from his recent pledge to fight for 600 government seats.

Farage Signals a Retreat

Speaking at an election rally in Hartlepool, Farage told his supporters:

“I will tell you now exactly what we are going to do. The Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election… But what we will do is concentrate our total effort into all the seats that are held by the Labour Party, who have completely broken their manifesto pledge in 2017 to respect the result of the referendum. And we will also take on the rest of the Remainer parties. We will stand up and we will fight them all.”

Farage to Block Lib Dem Elections

Farage also told his supporters:

“I have tried over the course of the last few months to build a Leave alliance … But that effectively has come to nought. It’s been very, very difficult.”

Farage explained that private polling indicated Brexit candidates “from SW London to Hampshire and right out through a western corridor to Land’s End” would split the Tory vote and result in a “large number of Liberal Democrat gains”.

Johnsons Welcomes Farage Move

The news was welcomed by the government, which now has a far higher chance of holding onto the seats won at the last election.

Commenting on the news, Johnson said he was pleased with Farage’s “recognition that another gridlocked hung parliament is the greatest threat to getting Brexit done”.

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