From time to time there has been talk of non-aggression pacts between Boris Johnson's Tories and Nigel Farage's Brexit party. The MEP has now made it clear: by presenting his election campaign, he asked on Friday for a Brexit alliance with the conservatives, which should also be open to other parties willing to leave.
For Johnson, Farage's crew is slowly becoming a nuisance. For weeks, the Brexit party has been in the polls at 13 percent approval levels. While this is significantly lower than the Tories they currently seem to reach 36 percent, but the British electoral system could do the rest. Promotes cannibalization between similarly aligned parts.
The reason: only the candidate with the highest number of votes in the lower house moves to the electoral college. Follows: All other items are in fact worthless. Especially in districts where many voters are in favor of Brexit, the Tories and Brexit parties could steal each other's votes.
Furthermore, Johnson had to suffer a bitter defeat against Farage only this year: in the European elections in May, the Brexit party with the strongest British force of 29 seats, the Conservatives received only 4 seats.
However, if the two sides formed an alliance, what Donald Trump said in a radio interview with Farage would be "an unstoppable force". The British politician has his own show in the LBC station, where he has now spoken with the president of the United States.
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Nigel Farage – from Tory to the Brexit populist
Farages Brexit Party has so far not been based in the British House of Commons. It was founded in January. With another 28 deputies, however, Farage sits in the European Parliament. The pro-European discourses usually recognize them with sardonic laughter or cynical interjections.
Farage joined the conservatives as a student. However, he left the party again in 1992, when the Tory government under John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty. A year later, he founded the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which aimed to leave the EU.
Long before the Brexit became a political reality, this was Farage's mission. The right-wing populist currently ranked UKIP went to the beginning of 2019 partly in the current Brexit party.
Focus on Brexit supporters in the Labor strongholds
An alliance with the Tories is the only way, Farage said Friday, to really get out of the EU and keep the job under control. Part of his plan is to divide the constituencies between the two parties.
- According to the Brexit party to renounce candidates in electoral constituencies, in which Tory's hardliner compete, declaring themselves opposed to Johnson's agreement.
- The conservatives, on the other hand, should stay out of the Labor strongholds, where a high percentage of voters in 2016 voted in favor of Brexit.
Farage's focus on Labor strongholds, where there are many Brexit supporters, is no coincidence. The hypothesis that the Brexit party electorate is composed exclusively of Tory voters is a widespread mistake, he said. On the contrary, Labor will lose the highest number of votes against the Brexit party, he predicts. However, the story does not agree with him: in the 2015 elections, more voters than the UKIP had previously voted for the Conservative Party.
There is still no official mention of the Brexit alliance
However, if Johnson does not agree with a deal, the Brexit party will be determined to do it alone, Farage said. He will fight for every single constituency in the UK and will ensure that every family in the country gets information on what the Johnson disaster is.
His party would be the only one to support Brexit, Farage said. Instead of being overwhelmed by an unconvinced agreement, one should finally farewell "real" and "clean" with the Brexit party – that is, without an agreement. Farage himself had publicly apologized to Johnson for his failure in the past.
In the past the conservatives had ruled out such a non-aggression pact with the Brexit party, numerous parliamentarians had categorically rejected it. Farage said on Friday at the launch of his campaign that formal talks have not yet taken place.
The informal collusion, however, would have taken place, even with the environment closest to Johnson, Farage argued. Some conservatives would prefer to renounce success in some electoral districts rather than a pact with their party, but the "great majority in the Conservative Party" wanted the alliance.
Farage had predicted that in the coming days the Conservatives would understand that they would have had no choice but to accept the pact anyway. So far, the Tories have not responded to his offer.