NIGEL FARAGE urged fed-up Leave-supporting voters in Labour heartlands to “vote tactically” and back the Brexit Party in tomorrow’s General Election. Taking a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn, he said that the Labour Party believes Brexit supporting voters in its traditional northern constituencies are “morons”.
In his final rally of the campaign the Brexit Party leader made a plea to Leave voters in Labour-held seats across the nation, telling them: “Leavers, don’t waste your vote.” He said his aim on election day is to create a “bridgehead” of Brexit Party MPs to put pressure on Boris Johnson and to force him to change his withdrawal deal with the EU.
Opinion polls suggest his party could struggle to win a single MP with a SavantaComRes survey published yesterday putting Mr Farage’s new party on just three per cent.
But Mr Farage insisted he believed that he will get some of his candidates “over the line”.
“In seats like this we are the challenger and the difficulty is there is a split and it’s a split in the Leave vote because if people in those constituencies vote Conservative, they may well stop us from getting over the line and beating Labour,” he said.
“My appeal is to Leave voters in those constituencies that have been Labour forever – and will be Labour when you wake up on Friday morning – unless you use your vote tactically and sensibly.
“And to Leavers in those seats I say ‘Leavers, don’t waste your vote’.”
Earlier, Mr Farage warned that the Prime Minister’s “oven-ready deal” would lead to “many long years of indigestion”.
At the start of the General Election campaign, the Brexit Party stood down candidates in 317 seats won by the Tories in 2017, but it is still standing candidates in Labour seats which backed Leave during the EU referendum in 2016.
Addressing supporters, Mr Farage said his decision to stand down his party’s candidates in Tory-held seats was “difficult” but “the right thing to do”.
He added: “It was a case of putting country before party. But since that time, I know it is very rare to have an appearance from Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn but on Friday night, he has gone the wrong way.
“He has stepped back from a Canada-plus-style trade deal and he was talking about his ‘oven-ready deal’ – it’s going to be put in the oven and ready before Christmas.
“All I can say is that will lead to many long years of indigestion because we will be trapped inside an international treaty. We have given Michel Barnier the upper hand.”
Mr Farage also confirmed he will spoil his ballot at the General Election on Thursday.
In Mr Farage’s home constituency, the Brexit Party is not standing a candidate against the incumbent Conservative.
Mr Farage also reiterated his promise to launch a new Reform Party if Brexit happens next year to try and change politics for the better.