REPORT: Brexiteer Tories in Talks with Farage over Election Pact
REPORT: Brexiteer Tories in Talks with Farage over Election Pact by Victoria Friedman for Breitbart
Members of the Conservative Party’s European Research Group (ERG) are reportedly holding “very tentative” talks with the Brexit Party over striking an election pact.
The claims were made by The Telegraph on Friday night, with a source telling the newspaper: “There have been conversations between the Brexit Party and the ERG. Not just with Farage but also at a local level. The feeling is that it would be mad to let the Remainers do an alliance but not the Brexiteeers.
“Many Brexit Party voters are core Conservatives. A lot of them are Conservative Party members. There are many who believe that if Vote Leave and Leave.EU worked together during the referendum campaign then the Leave vote would have been even higher. We can’t afford to make the same mistake again.”
Prime Minister Johnson is trying to trigger a snap election to resolve the Brexit deadlock, but attempts to do so have been thwarted by Remain-backing MPs who voted against the government last week. Mr Johnson is expected to call again for an election on Monday
Senior Tory Eurosceptic Calls for Election Pact with Farage to Stop ‘Remain Coalition’ https://t.co/oOjkbm17yw
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The report comes after the party’s most senior backbench Tory Eurosceptic Steve Baker, the newly-appointed chairman of the ERG, told media on Tuesday that the Conservatives must come to “some sort of an accommodation” with the Brexit Party or face handing a victory to the “Remain coalition”. Tory “Spartans” such as Mr Baker back a no deal Brexit, rejecting any renegotiated soft-Brexit treaty with the EU and find such common ground with the Brexit Party.
Nigel Farage has said that he would “put country before party” and agree to a “non-aggression pact” with the Tories which would entail “fighting our electoral battles selectively” with both agreeing not to field candidates in seats which the other would be more likely to win. However, Mr Farage said such a pact would only be on condition that “Mr Johnson commits to a clean-break Brexit”.