Nigel Farage blasts Tory Eurosceptics who back PM’s deal as ‘good little boys’
4 November 2019, 14:06
Nigel Farage has mocked Tory Eurosceptics as ‘good little boys’ for backing Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
Mr Farage is due to unveil 600 would-be Brexit party MPs today - and he has predicted the December 12 election will result in a hung parliament.
He accused MP’s of backing Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal like ‘good little boys’ as he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today.
He said: “It is likely, it is likely that we are going to have a hung parliament next time around so actually if the Brexit Party get a reasonable amount of people in there they could exert a great influence.
"Mrs May was kept in power by 10 DUP MPs.
"I led Ukip into the 2015 general election. I had all the same stuff, all the same arguments. The Tory tribe screaming and shouting, 'Don't take our votes," he said.
"The Ukip vote took more votes from Labour than it did from the Conservatives, (David) Cameron wouldn't have even got a majority without Ukip.
"We are going to hurt the Labour Party in the most extraordinary way. We'll do it in South Wales, we'll do it in the Midlands, we'll do it in the north of England.
"Those Labour voters have been completely betrayed by the Labour Party. They are my number one target. I got those votes in 2015, I'll do it again."
Speaking on LBC today, Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back telling Mr Farage that he should 'retire from the field'.
"I think he would be well-advised to recognise that that battle he won. He should be really proud of his political career.
"It would be a great shame if he carries on fighting after he has already won to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
"I understand why Nigel Farage would want to carry on campaigning because he has been campaigning for the best part of 30 years and it must be hard to retire from the field. But that is what he ought to do."
Mr Farage has been accused by furious Tories of putting Brexit at risk with his plans to run candidates in more than 600 constituencies in the poll on December 12.
Boris Johnson last week rejected Mr Farage's offer of a pact with the Tories if he dropped his Brexit deal.
Mr Farage, who even won support from US president Donald Trump for his proposal of and alliance, argued the Prime Minister's agreement with Brussels did not represent a true break with the EU.
Mr Farage also came under fire from Steve Baker, the leader of the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group, who warned he risked another hung parliament through "dogmatically pursuing purity".
"That's the irony of Nigel Farage. He risks being the man who hands Boris a weak and indecisive parliament, and bringing about, therefore, his own worst fears," Mr Baker told The Daily Telegraph.
Mr Farage, who is set to unveil his party's candidates at an event on Monday in London, defended his decision not to stand himself in the election.
"I did have a serious go in 2015. I finished up spending way too much of my time in that constituency and not out around the country. I'm not making that mistake again," he said.
Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has told his warring shadow cabinet the debate over Labour's position on Brexit is over.
The party says it will seek to negotiate a new deal with Brussels which it would then put to the public in a new referendum
A number of senior figures, including shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, have suggested they would campaign for Remain in that referendum.
However, Mr Corbyn said he had made clear at last week's meeting of the shadow cabinet that any decision would wait until after the election.
"I just said, 'Look, this debate is now over. We've done it, the party has now made its decision, and that's it; and that's what we're going to campaign on'," he told The Guardian.
Mr Corbyn also said he had made a unilateral decision to back Mr Johnson's decision to go for a December election, despite the objections of some colleagues including chief whip Nick Brown.
"I didn't alert anybody in advance - it was my decision. On my own. I made that decision. And they gulped, and said 'Yes Jeremy,'" he said.