Mr Farage said the Brexit Party will be standing in 500 seats this election, unless Mr Johnson pulls his revised Withdrawal Agreement in pursuit of a no-deal Brexit. The Brexit Party leader – and former Tory – suggested the Conservatives stand down in 150 constituencies so his party could lead, so as not to prevent a split between the Leave voters and Labour subsequently taking the seat. This ‘leave alliance’ was announced after Mr Farage’s broadcasted phone call with Donald Trump, where the President suggested there should be a pact established between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party.
Mr Farage said: “Do not underestimate our determination nor organisation.”
Mr Farage’s actions can be compared to a previous Eurosceptic party which managed to put pressure on the mainstream parties prior to an election. In the BBC Radio 4 podcast series, ‘Brexit: A Love Story?’, Mark Mardell looked at how Sir James Goldsmith established the anti-EU Referendum Party in 1994.
Mr Mardell said: “His aim came to challenge all except the most Eurosceptic MPs at the next election, in an effort to persuade the parties to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU.”
Sir James even went on the Sir David Frost’s show to announce the idea – initially hoping someone else would set it up.
Nigel Farage and Sir James Goldsmith (Image: Getty)
Sir James was a prominent Eurosceptic (Image: Getty)
The politician explained: “[It would be] a political party the purpose of which is only one item: to have a referendum.
“The party would be launched and it would exist for thirty days, non-partisan, there would be a candidate in each constituency.
“I want to make clear to the people of this programme, because you kindly invited me, is if they want to do that, I will help them.”
As Mr Mardell explained: “In the end, he answered his own call.”
His wife Lady Annabel explained to Mr Mardell: “[Sir James] said he had a vision or dream that he was standing at the top of a mountain and he could see a train coming with all his family in it and another one coming the other one, and there was going to be the most appalling train crash.
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Sir James and his wife Lady Annabel (Image: Getty)
“And immediately after that, he got together with Jim