Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage shelves plans to contest more than 600 seats in the 12 December 2019 General Election. Mr Farage told supporters at a rally in Hartlepool that the Brexit Party will not field 600 candidates as earlier planned; this effectively makes 317 hopeful candidates redundant; therefore cannot contest the 317 seats won by Tories in the 2017 election///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
The Brexit Party leader said that the decision was not easy but he will not contest any of the seats won by Conservatives at the last election.
It will come as a relief to many of the Tory candidates, but some of the former Brexit Party hopefuls have voiced their disappointment.
The Brexit Party is less than a year old and does not have any MPs – but it was the clear winner in the UK’s European elections in May, with more than 30% of the vote.
Caroline Coram, who hoped to represent Sleaford and North Hykeham for the Brexit Party, will now stand as an independent candidate.
She told Lincolnshire Reporter: “My priority right now is for the people that this announcement is letting down.
“If we step back completely then we are letting them down, so
The ambassadors of the EU27 decided to postpone a final decision on a potential extension of the Brexit negotiations until next week on Friday (25 October) following Boris Johnson’s calls for an early election.
“We have had an excellent discussion but no decision,” said EU chief negotiation Michel Barnier when leaving the Council building after meeting the ambassadors. “We still have time,” a diplomatic source said.
According to EU sources “there was full agreement on the need for an extension,” but for how long has still not been decided. An EU diplomat, however, said that the only proposal under discussion still is a delay until 31 January.
Johnson’s letter urging opposition leader Jeremy Corby to hold an early election in December and to ‘try to get Brexit done’ by early November is making the decision harder for the member states, as the House of Commons will only vote on the proposal on Monday.
The EU does not want to get involved in UK domestic politics. “If the problem is in London, the solution cannot be found in Brussels,” EU diplomat said last week. But Johnson is using the extension to justify the call for a vote.
“If the EU offers the delay the Parliament has requested,” UK prime minister said in reference to the so-called Ben Act, “then it is clear that there must be an election.”
France has openly opposed a long extension without a specific reason, such as a new election or referendum, and has called for more clarity from the UK side on its intentions. Emmanuel Macron’s minister for EU affairs Amélie de Montchalin said on Tuesday (22 October) that the country would prefer a short technical extension of a few days.
No summit foreseen
Ambassadors will meet again early next week, “either Monday or Tuesday,” to continue the discussion, only a few days before 31 October, officially still the date when the UK is set to leave the EU.
The situation in the UK is “very volatile,” a diplomatic source explained and in order to make decision ambassadors need “all the elements.” Discussions will continue over the weekend with the aim of figuring out “what is more convenient for Europe so that the agreement can get over the line.”
In spite of the uncertainty, whatever the decision, it will be taken by written procedure. President Donald Tusk “has no intention to convene a special European Council,” EU sources confirmed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (24 October) abandoned his promise to take the UK out of the European Union at the end of October and instead set out new plans to force a general election on 12 December.
In Westminster, there is confusion on whether Johnson’s election motion will get the support of the almost 140 opposition MPs he needs to reach the two thirds majority needed to call an election.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn continues to state that his party will back an election if the government formally rules out the prospect of a no deal Brexit.
The Scottish National Party, which is the third largest force in the House of Commons, on Friday called for an election on 5 December, and said that the election should serve as a proxy referendum on EU membership.
For their part, Nigel Farage’s Brexit party, which opposes the Withdrawal Agreement struck by Johnson last week, has repeated its call to join forces with the Conservative party to ‘form an unstoppable Leave alliance, and get a proper, better Brexit done.’
‘The government has finally admitted what The Brexit Party has said all along: The Tories alone are powerless to deliver Brexit on October 31st,’ added Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice.,
Brexit is often described by its most zealous proponents as a patriotic project. Usually evoking World War Two (we’re talking about you, Mark Francois), Brexit is depicted as a continuation of a long-standing battle to rid ourselves of foreign dictators. Nothing, they say, could be more British//By Sam Bright; Scram
Yet, Brexit’s chief protagonist, Nigel Farage, has today shown that he’s perhaps not the patriot that many people would like to believe. The Brexit Party leader used a speech in Sydney, Australia, to describe the late Queen Mother as an “overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker,” and to harangue princes Charles and Harry – as well as Meghan Markle.
And this got us thinking – Farage actually hates a lot of things about Britain, including:
Farage regularly uses his soapbox to slam “out of touch” Remainers in London who are trying to thwart his precious Brexit, or so he says. He even arranged a march from Sunderland to London to “tell the Westminster elite we will not be betrayed over Brexit.”
And it seems Farage is also not a fan of our capital’s famous diversity. At a speech at UKIP’s Spring conference in 2014, Farage said that immigration had caused Britain’s cities to “become unrecognisable.”
Attempting to justify these comments, the former UKIP leader cited a train ride he’d taken in London where he couldn’t hear “English being audibly spoken in the carriage.” This, he said, didn’t make him feel “very comfortable”.
What’s more, Mr Brexit has in the past said that London is “blighted” by “wholly Muslim areas” – echoing President Trump’s criticisms of the capital and its mayor Sadiq Khan.
A good majority of Brits (well more than voted for Brexit) are proud of the BBC. It’s a national institution. Yet, Farage is not such a fan.
During the recent European elections campaign, when he was subject to a grilling from veteran presenter Andrew Marr, the Brexit Party leader said: “The BBC are now the enemy.”
Indeed, Farage often moans about alleged anti-BBC bias, and a number of his MP candidates have pledged to “reform” the public service broadcaster, if they are elected at the next general election.
The mother of all Parliaments
During the EU referendum, Farage relentlessly campaigned for Parliament to “take back control” from Brussels. Yet, ever since, he hasn’t stopped criticising the way that Parliament operates.
In particular, he says that Parliament is “betraying” the wishes of the people, by refusing to sanction an economically calamitous no-deal Brexit.
Farage clearly doesn’t like the fact we have a Parliamentary democracy, in the same way he doesn’t like most of the royal family, the BBC, or our capital.
Nigel Farage said the Queen Mother was an “overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker” in a series of incendiary remarks about members of the royal family, it has been claimed.
The Brexit Party leader – in a speech in Australia to Sydney’s Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday – reportedly ridiculed comments by the Duke of Sussex that he and wife Meghan planned to have a “maximum” of two children for the sake of the planet.
And Mr Farage – who described the Queen as an “amazing, awe-inspiring woman” – said he hoped she would live a “very, very long time” to stop the Prince of Wales becoming king.
Media were not present at the event, but the Guardian newspaper said it had heard a recording of part of Mr Farage’s speech.
“When it comes to her son, when it comes to Charlie Boy and climate change, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Her mother, Her Royal Highness the Queen’s mother was a slightly overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker who lived to 101 years old,” he reportedly said.
“All I can say is Charlie Boy is now in his 70s… may the Queen live a very, very long time.
In reply to a question about women choosing not to have children because of climate change, Mr Farage said: “Well, if I want the Queen to live a long time to stop Charlie Boy becoming king, I want Charlie Boy to live even longer and William to live forever to stop Harry becoming king.
“Terrifying! Here was Harry, here he was this young, brave, boisterous, all-male, getting into trouble, turning up at stag parties inappropriately dressed, drinking too much and causing all sorts of mayhem.
“And then – a brave British officer who did his bit in Afghanistan – he was the most popular royal of a younger generation that we’ve seen for 100 years.
“And then he met Meghan Markle, and it’s fallen off a cliff. We’ve been told in the last week that Meghan and Harry will only have two children… and we’re all completely ignoring the real problem the Earth faces.
“And that is the fact the population of the globe is exploding but no one dares talk about it, no one dares deal with it, and whether Prince Harry has two kids is irrelevant given there are now 2.6 billion Chinese and Indians on this Earth.”
Last month, Harry told activist and chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall he will only have two children for the sake of the planet.
Harry said he now views the natural world differently since becoming a father to three-month-old son Archie, and when quizzed by the primatologist about how many children he is planning to have with Meghan, he replied “two, maximum”.