Mr Farageyesterday urged the Tories to join what he called anon-aggression pactbetween the Conservative Party and the Brexit Party to deliver a thumping Leave majority – on the condition Mr Johnson scraps the withdrawal agreement thrashed out with Brussels last month. However, the offer was swiftly rebuffed by the Prime Minister, who told ITV: “Our opportunity now is to get this thing done, come back in the middle of December, knock it over the line and then take the country forward.” Culture secretaryNicky Morgan, who has announced her decision not to seek re-election, said the Tories’ election manifesto meant no deal “has effectively been taken off the table”.
She told the Times: “If you vote Conservative at this election, you’re voting to leave with this deal.”
Mr Johnson’s stance flies in the face of comments by US President Donald Trump, who urged him to team up with Mr Farage’s party, and warned his withdrawal agreement would be an impediment to a free trade deal ( F with the United States.
Businesses and economists fear leaving the bloc without a deal to smooth the transition would deliver a big blow to the British economy.
However, advocates say no deal would provide a clean break from EU rules and regulations.
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11. 37 am update: Brexit split means Johnson can win seats with just a quarter of the vote
Boris Johnson could win the gener al electon by triumphing in key marginal seats with as little as 25 percent of the vote, new research has indicated.
In 27 UK general elections since the 1918, on average successful candidates have taken 53 percent of the vote – and there have been just seven instancs in which a party won with less than 30 percent.
But a forecast by Focal Data commissioned by pro-Remain group Best for Britain, suggested such was the Brexit split, the Tories could pick up seats with even less.
The Best for Britain / Focal Data 2019 model suggests this time round, the average winning vote share will drop to 39 percent – with 15 seats likely to be won with vote shares below 30
11. 23 pm update: Hung Parliament odds cut
Ladbrokes cut the odds of a hung Parliament to events after yesterday’s Brexit Party election campaign launch, featuring Nigel Farage’s threat to stand candidates in every seat in England and Wales.
A Conservative majority is also chalked up at evens with the bookmakers, leaving a Labor majority an outside bet at 14 / 1.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Nigel Farage has laid all his cards out on the table to Boris Johnson, leaving us with little option but to cut the odds of a hung parliament. “
11. 04 am update: “Boris’s deal DOES deliver Brexit,” insists Jenkin
Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin has insisted Boris Johnson’s deal DOES deliver Brexit – explaining: “I wouldn’t have voted for it otherwise!”
Mr Jenkin was speaking in the wake of a scathing attack on Mr Johnson’s proposals by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who wants the Prime Minister to ditch his agreement in favo ur of a “clean break Brexit”.
The member of the Eurosceptic European Research Group tweeted: “I simply would not hv voted for Boris deal if I thought it fails to deliver Brexit.
“I can understand why @Nigel_Farage is frustrated, but the more successful he is, the more likely we get a Corbyn-SNP pact wh is the last think his supporters want! @bernardjenkin @ StandUp4Brexit ”
Bernard Jenkin suggested Nigel Farage was wrong(Image: Twitter)
10. 57 am update: Arch-Remainer Grieve calls for publication of key security report ahead of election
Boris Johnson is facing renewed calls to stop delaying the publication of a key report assessing the threat posed by Russia to Britain’s democratic processes.
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve on Saturday stressed the document’s publication was essential ahead of the General Election, with it containing inform ation “germane” to voters.
Mr Grieve, the chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, has accused the Prime Minister of sitting on the report ahead of the December (vote.)
The independent MP who was exiled from the Tories by the PM over his no-deal Brexit opposition is calling on the Conservative leader to publish the committee’s report before Parliament is dissolved on Tuesday.
Mr Grieve told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “I cannot think of a reason why he should wish to prevent this report being published.”
10. 50 am update :Nigel Farage claims Boris Johnson negotiated ‘disaster’ exit deal
Nigel Farage launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as he called for unity between their rival parties.
The former UKIP leader claimed his Brexit Party was the only one willing to stand up for a “proper Brexit”.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Farage described how he was about to embark on a tour of Britain to try and win seats.
The Brexit Party leader said: “I will visit the Labor areas in the north where Jeremy Corbyn’s party is most vulnerable.
“I will also be in Wales, Scotland, the Midlands and the south of England. Nowhere is off limits, including Workington man. ”
10. 44 am update: Tice and Boles exchange insults on social media
Richard Tice and independent MP – and ardent Remainer – Nick Boles have swapped insults on Twitter after yesterday’s Brexit Party election campaign launch.
Former Conservative Party MP Mr Boles was reacting after Brexit Party chairman Mr Tice reiterated party leader Nigel Farage’s suggestion of a pro-Leave electoral pact with the Tories to deliver a no deal Brexit.
Mr Boles tweeted: “There are only two possibilities. @TiceRichard is either stupid or dishonest. I’m never quite sure. But either way he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near heavy machinery or the government of this country.”
Mr Tice responded : “I’m neither. You’re both. “
10. 35 am update: “We will never be free under Johnson’s deal,” claims Farage
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage fears the UK will find itself shackled to the EU indefinitely if Boris Johnson really has ruled out a no deal Brexit.
Responding a newspaper report, Mr Farage tweeted: “If The Times are right and @BorisJohnson will abandon a clean break Brexit, and he wins an election on this, we will never be free of EU rules.”
Nigel Farage’s tweet(Image: Twitter)
10. 29 am update:MEP reveals ‘sympathetic’ EU politicians but some ‘delighted’ to halt Brexit
A Brexit Party MEP has explained how some colleagues in the European Parliament are “sympathetic” towards Britain, which has still not left the EU, while others “would be delighted to stop us leaving ”.
Brexit Party MEP, John Longworth, has claimed some MEPs in the European Union would be delighted to see Britain fail to leave the bloc.
The UK was scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31 this year, but the Prime Minister was forced to extend Britain’s departure from Brussels, following an intervention from MPs in the House of C ommons.
Britain has a new scheduled exit date of January 31, and will have an election on December 12. But, Brexit Party MEP Mr Longworth has explained how some MEPs from France, Germany, Estonia and Italy, are “sympathetic” towards the UK which is yet to fully cut ties with the bloc.
10. 20 am update:DUP’s Sammy Wilson reveals why Tories keep getting it wrong with Northern Ireland
The Conservative Party keeps getting it wrong with Northern Ireland in their Brexit negotiations, DUP MP Sammy Wilson has claimed.
The Northern Irish Party, made up of 10 MPs, have insisted the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement will take the country in the “wrong direction ***.
Sammy Wilson , MP for East Antrim, explained both Theresa May and Boris Johnson have got it wrong in their Brexit deals because they were looking at Brexit through an “English perspective”.
He told Express.co.uk: “First of all I think that they were both focused on the needs of the Conservative Party which does not actually get any votes directly in Northern Ireland and therefore they are looking at Brexit through an English perspective.
10. 14 am update:BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg makes General Election poll prediction with ‘lots of surprises’
Boris Johnson calling a general election could see the result go in any direction, according to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssburg who gave her prediction on the major crunch ballot that could see Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn or even Jo Swinson become Britain’s new Prime Minister.
Ms Kuenssberg took to Twitter to offer an insight into the election drama as it continues to unfold day by day, with the latest being Nigel Farage going head-to-head with Tory leader Boris Johnson in a risk that could see the leave vote split, allowing for Mr Corbyn to move into No 10.
She said: “Brexit Party saber rattling is certainly tricky for the Tories, but their position today also revealing – the election campaign has started they haven’t decided where how many candidates to stand.
“One Cabinet minister reckons Brexit Party actually might help them some seats because they take voters who would never vote Tory anyway from the Labor Party.
“That’s not the view of plenty of Tory MPs who are worried about what the Brexit Party could do to their vote, and having Farage attacking Johnson’s deal as not proper Brexit is tricky but I reckon we’re going to say this a lot, but this election is going to full of many different kinds of contests, we will all look at them but the national polls won’t be able to capture how things might actually change seat by seat – could be a lot of surprises in 6 weeks time. ”
10. 08 am update: Leadsom hedges bets over Brexit uncertainty
Business Secretary Ms Leadsom has sought to defend the Conservatives’ reputation over fiscal responsibility amid pledges to boost spending and cut taxation amid Brexit uncertainty.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “What we’ve been very clear about is the publi c in the United Kingdom have had 10 years of the restoration of our finances and that has been a difficult 10 years and now we are looking at 10 years of renewal.
“We’ve managed to sort out the mess left by Labor, we are now in a much stronger economic position.
“We’ve got the highest employment ever, real wages are rising, we’ve doubled the personal tax-free allowance, meaning millions of people are able to take home their hard-earned cash and we want to continue to do that. “
Pressed on how they can make commitments with the uncertainty of Brexit, she said: “I’m certainly not making any statements about what will be in our manifesto.”
10. am update:‘Arrogance will be your undoing!’ Boris Johnson condemned for snub to Farage’s Brexit pact
Brexiteers have condemned Boris Johnson for snubbing Nigel Farage after the Brexit Party leader’s pact was turned down by the Prime Minister a third time, the results of an exclusive poll has revealed.
A colossal 80 percent of readers believed Mr Johnson was wrong to have turned down the offer of a Leave alliance pact with the Brexit Party, offered again today to get Brexit over the line immediately after the general
Up to 8, 355 said they think Mr Johnson and Mr Farage should form a pact.
A total of 19 percent disagreed in the poll, amounting to 1, 996 of the vote.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom(Image: GETTY)
10. 04 am update:Boris Johnson plotting to stand against Remainer Dominic Grieve, claims Tice
Boris Johnson could take on f ormer Conservative MP Dominic Grieve in a general election, warned Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice.
Richard Tice claimed the Prime Minister could move to a “safe Conservative seat” such as Beaconsfield , **** The Brexit Party Chairman added that standing in Beaconsfield would “make a lot of logic” for Boris Johnson.
TalkRADIO host Dan Wootton asked: “Do you think Boris Johnson is vulnerable? He has a slim majority really, doesn’t he? ”
Mr Tice replied:” Actually if you think about it, Beaconsfield taking on arch-Remainer Dominic Grieve, close to Checkers, all makes a lot of logic really doesn’t it? ”
10 am update:Huge boost for Brexit as ‘People’s Vote’ campaign civil war explodes with legal threats
The civil war which has enveloped the anti-Brexit ‘People’s Vote’ campaign intensified on Friday with threats of **** action from employees and accusations of intimidation.
Earlier this week the group imploded after James McGrory and Tom Baldwin, its chief executive and communications director respectively, were fired in an internal coup earlier this week.
Europhile businessman Roland Rudd moved against the pair as chair of Open B ritain, the largest organization within the People’s Vote movement which employs most of its staff.
Some 40 People’s Vote staff passed a motion of no confidence in Mr Rudd and are refusing to return to work unless Mr McGrory and Mr Baldwin are reinstated.
9. 56 am update:‘People want Brexit done!’ Tory MP reveals what people are telling him OUTSIDE Westminster
Brexit has become like Groundhog Day – and people are fed up and just want it done, Tory MP Robert Halfon has warned.
Mr Halfon delivered his message as he geared up for an election campaign before the country goes to the polls on December 12 – and he sugg ested the message on the doorstep was unmistakable – deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum.
Mr Halfon’s constituency, in Harlow, Essex, voted Leave by a hefty margin, (**************************************************************************. 1 percent to 31 .9 percent – and he said: “Every day it’s been Brexit, Brexit, Brexit – you wake up in the morning and the first word you hear, it’s like Groundhog Day, listening to I Got You Babe.
“I predicted it would be 70 percent and I told people and I think I told a journalist that it would be 70 percent out and I was two percent out. “
9. 53 am update: No deal off the table, says Morgan
Boris Johnson has taken effectively taken no deal off the table as he courts the center ground, outgoing Culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said.
Mr Johnson has rebuffed an offer by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage of a Leave alliance to deliver a majority in next month’s general election.
Mrs Morgan , who has announced her decision not to seek re-election, said no deal “has effectively been taken off the table”.
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