Nigel Farage has turned down an 11th-hour electoral pact offer from the Conservatives, according to reports. Boris Johnson suggested the Tories could put up "paper candidates" in Labour-held seats and do minimal campaigning. This would give the Brexit Party a stronger chance of winning in Leave-supporting areas. But the deal was reportedly rejected by Mr Farage - who wanted the Tories to step aside entirely in the constituencies. He also feared it would leave the Brexit Party with just 40 target seats. The talks broke down on Tuesday and the deadline to nominate candidates arrives at 4pm today. Mr Johnson's final offer came after after the Brexit Party withdrew its own candidates from all 317 seats currently held by Conservatives, the Telegraph reports. Mr Farage described this as the first step towards building a "leave alliance". Read More General election 2019 But the Brexit Party leader remains under pressure to withdraw even more candidates. The Prime Minister has insisted … [Read more...] about General election: Nigel Farage ‘rejects 11th-hour deal from Boris Johnson’
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Boris Johnson is considering plans for a regulatory border in the Irish Sea as he seeks a new Brexit “divorce” deal with the EU. The Prime Minister wants an all-Ireland zone for checks on most goods crossing between the north and south of the island as part of a deal that would remove the need for a Northern Irish backstop. The idea, which does not cover tariffs on goods, was discussed with the DUP on Tuesday during talks in Downing Street, at which Mr Johnson also offered a “Stormont lock” to ensure Northern Ireland would be able to veto any future changes to the arrangement. It also emerged on Tuesday that Mr Johnson had ordered detailed feasibility studies on the possibility of a bridge between... … [Read more...] about Could Boris Johnson have the answer to solve the Brexit deadlock?
There is no Brexit outcome Labour would hate more than - as its spokespeople often say - to "crash out in a no deal exit". But Opposition MPs are barely any more positive about the fresh deal Boris Johnson has secured, which would neatly avoid such a dramatic exit from the European Union. The deal may well depend on enough of those on the Opposition benches plucking up the courage to see it through, as the Government cannot assume sufficient numbers will come out from its side. The DUP continues to dig in, with their Unionist stand encouraging some Tory Eurosceptics to think twice about embracing the agreement. Meanwhile, a few of the dewhipped Tory MPs are now either part of the fanatically... … [Read more...] about Can MPs be sure EU leaders will save them from a no-deal Brexit if they reject Boris Johnson’s deal?
Nigel Farage vowed defiance today despite massive pressure to stand more Brexit Party candidates down in Labour marginals. The MEP dismissed pleas from his own allies such as Arron Banks to avoid splitting the Eurosceptic vote, saying they were suffering from 'Brexhaustion'. Instead he condemned Boris Johnson for refusing to give way in Leave-voting Labour heartlands where the Conservatives could 'never' win. He said if the PM had been willing to do that, a third of Labour voters in some crucial target seats would have followed his advice to endorse the Tories. Making clear hundreds of Brexit Party candidates will be nominated by the deadline of 4pm this afternoon, Mr Farage said: 'The job of the Brexit Party is to hold him to account, because too many times over the last three years the Conservatives have made promises and not delivered.' Mr Farage has said he will field candidates in every Labour-held seat - in a move that could hamper Tory efforts to win a … [Read more...] about ‘We COULD have done a deal’: Nigel Farage says he rejected Boris Johnson’s pact offer because the Tories ‘don’t want a Brexit majority’ – and he WILL fight Labour marginals as nominations deadline looms TODAY
BORIS Johnson vowed to take Britain on a technological and green revolution in the 2020s. The PM used his first stump speech of the General Election campaign to unveil his upbeat plan to turbo-charge the nation’s cutting-edge industries. He promised a multibillion-pound package of Government investment in transformative technologies. The Tory leader compared Britain to a “racehorse trying to run on three legs” because it has “so much more potential waiting to be unleashed”.But the PM pointed out it was all dependent on the Conservatives winning a Commons majority and first getting Brexit done. The skills, innovation and green revolution he unveiled includes: TURNING the road network electric by pledging another £500million for car charging points that will ensure every driver is always within 30 miles of one; DOUBLING Government grants for company research and development to £18billion by 2024 — taking it to the biggest … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson vows to take Britain on a tech and green revolution in the 2020s