Brexit Party drops 316 candidates, will not fight seats won by Tories in 2017 – ‘letting people down’ as well as the potential candidates

Nigel Farage has abandoned plans for the Brexit Party to contest more than 600 candidates in the General Election. Speaking to supporters in Hartlepool he said the party would not stand in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in the last election in 2017.

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NIGEL FARAGE: Everything the Brexit Party leaders hates about Britain

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