Brexit campaigners tell Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson to ‘get their sh** together’ and agree an election pact to avoid splitting the Leave vote at a pre-Christmas snap poll
- Nigel Farage offered Boris Johnson an electoral pact if PM backs a No Deal Brexit
- But Mr Johnson intends to fight next election on pledge to pass his Brexit deal
- Leave.EU campaign group has told the two men to ‘get a grip’ and strike a pact
Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson have been told by Brexit campaigners to ‘get their sh** together’ and agree an election pact to avoid splitting the Leave vote at a forthcoming snap poll.
Mr Johnson will try for a fourth time today to force an early election which, if successful, will see the nation go to the ballot box in December.
The growing likelihood of an election before Christmas has reignited calls from Eurosceptic campaign groups for the Tories and the Brexit Party to join forces.
Mr Farage has repeatedly offered Mr Johnson a pact if the PM changes tack and commits to a ‘clean break’ No Deal Brexit.
But Mr Johnson has said he will fight the next election on a pledge to pass his Brexit deal, effectively killing off any chance of an alliance.
If the two parties do not agree to some kind of non-aggression pact then they could take votes away from each other in constituencies where they both stand candidates, potentially paving the way for a pro-EU party to come through the middle and win.
The Leave.EU campaign group is urging the two parties to try to find a way to work together.
But it is developing a tactical voting app just in case they don’t so that Leave voters know which pro-Brexit candidate has the best chance of winning in any seat.
A source told The Times that the app could frighten the two parties into doing a deal.
‘Both the Brexit Party and the Tory party need to get their sh** together,’ the source said.
Nigel Farage, pictured in Strasbourg, France, last week, has offered Boris Johnson an election pact if the PM backs a No Deal Brexit
But Mr Johnson, pictured in the House of Commons yesterday, intends to fight the next election on a pledge to deliver his Brexit deal
Leave.EU founder Arron Banks has told the Tories and Brexit Party to ‘get a grip’ and do a deal to avoid splitting the Eurosceptic vote on polling day
Leave.EU said the app would help the 17.4 million people who backed Brexit in 2016 to ‘reunite at the next election and crush the Remainers’.
‘If the Brexit Party and the Tories refuse to make a pact, we’ll make one for them…’ the group said.
Yesterday Mr Johnson was forced to accept a Brexit delay to January 31 despite having said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than see the UK’s departure date pushed back again.
Leave.EU has blamed the delay on ‘our rotten Remain Parliament’ rather than the Prime Minister and insisted that ‘we must drain the swamp’ at an election.
Arron Banks, one of the founders of Leave.EU and a former Ukip donor, has signalled his support for Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal as he split from his long-time political ally Mr Farage who is vehemently opposed to it.
Responding to speculation that the Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice could contest Mr Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat at the next election, Mr Banks said the two parties needed to ‘get a grip’.
He tweeted: ‘Brexit party pressure got Boris Johnson elected as Tory party leader and looks like they are parking their tanks on his lawn.
‘Leave.EU have been calling for a sensible arrangement with the Tories to avoid splitting the vote. Both parties should get a grip! Good lord!’
The Leave.EU campaign group said it is developing a strategic voting app to help Brexit voters know who to vote for
The chances of a pact between Mr Farage and Mr Johnson appear slim after the Brexit Party leader said the PM’s deal ‘is just not Brexit’
The chances of Mr Farage and Mr Johnson agreeing an electoral alliance where one party would step aside for the other in certain seats to maximise Brexiteer chances of victory appear slim.
Mr Farage tweeted last night: ‘If the PM wants to fight a general election on defending a new EU treaty, that is very disappointing for all Leavers.
‘His new agreement is just not Brexit.’
The growing pressure on the two men to strike an accord came as it was claimed that a pro-Brexit rally scheduled to take place outside Parliament on the planned divorce date of October 31 has been cancelled.
The Leave Means Leave campaign group had apparently been planning a repeat of the protests seen in the run up to March 29 when Brexit was first delayed.