Ms Leadsom, the Conservative Party Secretary of State for Business, warned that a vote for the Brexit Party might well make way for a Jeremy Corbyn Government. It came during an interview with ITV’s Robert Peston on his namesake show, where Ms Leadsom added that the Conservative Party were the only party poised to secure a deal with the EU.
She said: “I think anybody who wants to leave the European Union with a deal needs to vote Conservative.
“Voting for Brexit Party won’t mean we leave the EU.
“It will simply mean we get Jeremy Corbyn, and more importantly…”
Mr Peston interrupted her and said: “Would you urge Nigel Farage at this last moment to reconsider and simply not field candidates?”
Andrea Leadsom warned that a vote for The Brexit Party meant a Jeremy Corbyn Government (Image: ITV/GETTY)
She said only the Conservative Party could secure a deal with the EU (Image: ITV)
Ms Leadsom replied: “He will do what he wants to do.
“But, I would appeal outside all political leaders, to the public, to give Boris Johnson the chance to get Brexit done so we can move onto their priorities.”
Ms Leadsoms fears follow Nigel Farage’s announcement that his Brexit Party would field candidates in Labour-held marginal seats, despite coming under pressure from Conservatives to steer clear of the said seats.
This was, he explained, to win the votes of those who had been left behind by Labour who had “turned their back on Brexit”.
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Peston asked Leadsom if she would urge Farage to not field candidates (Image: ITV)
Despite Mr Farage’s intending to target Labour, Tories across the board have said the Brexit Party man could threaten a Conservative majority Government.
Tory Chairman, James Cleverly, warned Mr Farage’s plan posed a “danger” to the Conservatives.
Mr Farage confirmed that 300 nomination papers for his MPs