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PM rejects Nigel Farage’s general election offer

Nigel Farage’s offer of a non-aggression pact with Boris Johnson on the subsequent general election has been firmly rejected.

The Brexit Party chief used a newspaper advert on Wednesday to set out how he wouldn’t stand candidates in opposition to the Conservatives in some areas if the prime minister dedicated to a “clean-break Brexit”.

Under the phrases of the offer, the Brexit Party wouldn’t contest seats at a general election in areas the place the Tories have been competing in opposition to the Liberal Democrats or different Remain-backing events.

In alternate, Mr Farage known as on Mr Johnson to not subject candidates in opposition to Brexit Party hopefuls in Leave-supporting areas within the North, the Midlands and Wales which might be at the moment held by Labour.

The prime minister would additionally need to help taking the UK out of the EU and not using a reworked model of his predecessor Theresa May’s withdrawal settlement.

Mr Farage stated: “A non-aggression pact would allow us to focus our fireplace on the Remainer institution.

“Unstoppable collectively, we’d ship a big Brexit majority in parliament. But, for this to occur, Boris should again a clean-break Brexit.

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“If he tries recycling the rotten withdrawal agreement, we are ready to stand in every seat.”

However, Downing Street dismissed Mr Farage’s offer.

“The prime minister will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage,” stated a Number 10 spokesman.

A senior Conservative supply described Mr Farage and his shut ally Arron Banks as not being “fit and proper”.

“Neither Nigel Farage or Aaron Banks are fit and proper persons, and they should never be allowed anywhere near government,” the supply stated.

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