11.09.2019 | Farage names price for backing Boris in election pact - PM given ultimatum
Source - The Daily Express
The Brexit Party leader wants to target seats in the Midlands and north of England where UKIP has run Labour close in pervious elections. He reckons his hardline candidates can capitalise on Jeremy Corbyn’s dithering over Brexit and snatch as many as 50 seats. He is also calling on Mr Johnson to ditch Theresa May's disastrous withdrawal agreement once and for all.
Mr Farage said: “Many Leave-voting seats in the North, the Midlands and Wales are now ‘represented’ by Remain-backing Labour MPs.
“The Brexit Party is in by far the strongest position to defeat them - especially if the Tories stand down.
“A non-aggression pact would let us concentrate our fire on the Remainer establishment.
“Unstoppable together, we would deliver a large Brexit majority in Parliament.
“But for this to happen, Boris must back a clean-break Brexit. If he tries to recycle the rotten Withdrawl Agreement we are ready to stand in every seat.”
Sources said the Brexit Party leader said Mr Farage had been in conversation with people who are very close to the Prime Minister.
One insider said: “They’re more to scope out whether he’s serious about a deal than actual negotiations, and the Tories now appreciate he is. It is a beginning
“It’s very simple, it’s all about the numbers. Boris knows he cannot win a majority without our help.”
But many Tory MPs have urged Boris to reject any arrangement, with many fearing they could face an uphill battle in seats where the Liberal Democrats poll second.