Nigel Farage has claimed the Tories and Brexit Party would be ‘unstoppable’ if they worked together at a general election as he suggested such an alliance is unlikely because of fears Boris Johnson is about to ‘sell out’ Leave voters.
The leader of the Brexit Party said this morning that he believed an electoral pact between the two would secure Mr Johnson a ‘very big majority’ at a snap poll.
But he said he would only agree to work with the Prime Minister if the Conservative Party committed to delivering a clean break from the EU.
Mr Farage, who previously said a pact with the Tories was a ‘possibility’, suggested that unless the Tories switched to backing a No Deal Brexit as the only acceptable EU divorce option, his party ‘will fight you in every seat’.
His comments came as the Brexit Party today unveiled a slate of MP candidates ahead of a potential early general election this autumn.
Nigel Farage, pictured today as he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme, said the Tories and Brexit Party would be ‘unstoppable’ if they worked together
But Mr Farage said he feared Boris Johnson would try to ‘reheat’ Theresa May’s Brexit deal. He said his party would only work with the Conservatives if they wholeheartedly switched to backing No Deal.
The Brexit Party’s strong position in the opinion polls in recent months has led to calls for Mr Farage and Mr Johnson to do a deal to create a single pro-Brexit force at the next election.
Mr Johnson has resisted those calls but senior Tory figures acknowledge that such a deal would unite the Leave vote behind a single candidate in each constituency and put the PM on course for victory.
Failure to do a deal would risk splitting the Brexit vote and potentially clear a path for Labour or Lib Dem candidates to win.
Mr Farage told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme a deal could still be done between the Tories and his party but he suggested it was unlikely.
He said: ‘Absolutely, we would work with anybody, whether it was the Conservative Party or certain people in the Labour Party, who hold the same view.
‘We would work with anybody to get the right result but what we will not do is stand aside and let Brexit be betrayed for a second time.’
He added: ‘Our support, and the Conservative support together would be unstoppable and Boris Johnson would win a very big majority.’
But Mr Farage said he feared Mr Johnson was now venturing down a similar path to his predecessor in Number 10 Theresa May.
Mr Johnson is trying to persuade the EU to delete the Irish backstop from the Brexit deal but Mr Farage insisted that would not be enough to save the existing agreement.
‘Boris has won the leadership telling us we will be out by the 31st October, but what he’s done in the last week he’s gone back to Brussels and clearly what he wants to do is reheat the failed withdrawal agreement,’ he said.
‘Even without the backstop it’s still the worst deal in history… we will not be a free, independent nation.’
He added: ‘We are standing and we will stand in every seat in this election. We say to Boris Johnson, if you sell us out on Brexit with this awful withdrawal treaty we will fight you in every seat.’
The Eurosceptic MEP also poured cold water on the suggestion that the Brexit Party had peaked and was now heading down hill.
He said: ‘My fox has been shot so many times over the years, you wouldn’t believe it.’
He suggested that if the Tories did wholeheartedly switch to backing a No Deal Brexit he would clear a path for them at the next election.
‘I would put country before party in those circumstances,’ he said.
Mr Johnson has promised to deliver Brexit ‘do or die’ and with or without a deal on October 31.
His preference remains striking a deal with Brussels but he has said the UK will be ready to leave with No Deal if the current stalemate cannot be resolved.