Nigel Farage says Brexit Party is prepared for a snap election as he tells Boris Johnson

Nigel Farage said his party are ready to fight the Tories in a general election if Boris Johnson tries to pass a new version of Theresa May‘s Withdrawal Agreement.

The Brexit Party leader insisted ‘No Deal is the best deal’ given there are less than 60 days until the deadline of October 31.

He also told the prime minister he would be making a ‘historic mistake’ by trying to get a rehashed version of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement – minus the backstop – through parliament.

Mr Farage accused the PM of no being committed to a No Deal Brexit and of trying to get a new deal with Brussels that is similar to Mrs May’s deal, but with the Irish backstop condition removed.

Speaking on LBC Radio today, Mr Farage told his listeners his party was ready for a general election.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during the party's 'We Are Ready' event at Colchester United Football Club today

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during the party's 'We Are Ready' event at Colchester United Football Club today

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during the party’s ‘We Are Ready’ event at Colchester United Football Club today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street after he chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on the eve of a showdown with parliament over Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street after he chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on the eve of a showdown with parliament over Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street after he chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on the eve of a showdown with parliament over Brexit

During his radio show Mr Farage said: ‘The big message here is Boris Johnson wants the Withdrawal Agreement. He wants Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement, but minus the backstop.

‘And if he does get voted down in the House of Commons tomorrow, which I have to say, looking at the Tory rebels who are beginning to stand up, does look quite likely to me, then there will be a general election.

‘Do I think it is acceptable that a general election could be held on the basis that he goes back to Brussels to get the Withdrawal Agreement? Well I absolutely don’t.’

‘Given there is less than 60 days to go to that right now, No Deal is the best deal.

Mr Johnson tonight threatened to call a snap General Election on October 14 if Remainer MPs vote to block No Deal tomorrow and vowed he would never agree a further Brexit delay with Brussels.

The Prime Minister stood in Downing Street and insisted he ‘does not want’ an election, but warned that rebels would ‘chop the legs’ from the Government’s EU negotiations if they side with Jeremy Corbyn.

But the scale of the challenge Mr Johnson could face in an election was also underlined tonight when Mr Farage demanded the PM back a ‘clean break’ from the EU, saying ‘No Deal is the best deal’.

Tory success in a poll could rely on Mr Farage’s Brexit Party not splitting the Eurosceptic vote in key marginal seats.

Mr Farage has already signalled he is ready to stand Brexit Party candidates in every seat if necessary.

Nigel Farage addressed party members and delegates at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, Essex, during the first rally of the Brexit Party Conference tour tonight

Nigel Farage addressed party members and delegates at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, Essex, during the first rally of the Brexit Party Conference tour tonight

Nigel Farage addressed party members and delegates at the JobServe Community Stadium in Colchester, Essex, during the first rally of the Brexit Party Conference tour tonight 

Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap General Election on October 14 if Remainer MPs vote to block No Deal tomorrow

Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap General Election on October 14 if Remainer MPs vote to block No Deal tomorrow

Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap General Election on October 14 if Remainer MPs vote to block No Deal tomorrow

On LBC today he added: ‘Getting out with a clean break Brexit and after we will get a trade deal. But we cannot re-jig or re-work that Withdrawal Agreement in any way at all and I think Boris Johnson is making a historical mistake.

‘If he gets it [an agreement similar to Mrs May’s deal] through, and [it] becomes law, the acrimony it will lead to…because we will have given the whip hand in all future negotiations to Brussels.’

At a party rally at Colchester United Football Club in Essex tonight, Mr Farage addressed delegates, who paid a £5 entrance fee, from a podium with ‘I’m ready’ emblazoned across the front.

During the speeches Mr Farage also waved a sign saying ‘I’m ready’ and warned the PM he would lose a general election if he did not opt for a hard Brexit.   

He told the audience: ‘They [the Conservatives], allied with us, would be unstoppable in the general election. We could get Brexit, we could destroy Corbyn and we would be a free, independent nation.

‘Yes, there may be on November 1 one or two bumps in the road, but free and proud we’d be able to get on with the rest of our lives.’

He added there will be a ‘big attempt by Corbyn and others’ to secure a Brexit extension on Tuesday.

Mr Farage said: ‘Boris Johnson gave a press conference tonight in Downing Street where he said he doesn’t want to have a general election and he wants people in his party to toe the line.

‘I can’t predict how that vote will go tomorrow but I suspect the Prime Minister will lose and I suspect we’ll be facing a general election probably to take place on October 14.

‘Boris, you can’t win without us. Boris, if you go for the withdrawal agreement I’m afraid you will lose, but if you do the right thing and we support you you’ll be a national hero in the history of this nation.’

Outside Downing Street today, Mr Johnson said he still ‘hoped’ Conservative rebels would back down and not side with the Opposition.

He said: ‘But if they do they will plainly chop the legs out from under the UK position and make any negotiation absolutely impossible.

‘I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We are leaving on the 31st of October. No ifs or buts.

‘We will not accept any attempt to go back on our promises or scrub that referendum and armed and fortified with that conviction I believe we will get a deal at that crucial summit in October, a deal that Parliament will certainly be able to scrutinise.’

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