PUBLISHED: 10:47, Wed, Nov 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 10:52, Wed, Nov 20, 2019
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice claimed Jeremy Corbyn's skittishness on the topic during the first leaders' debate appeared to signal a second referendum on Brexit will not be held. Mr Tice suggested his party's decision to only field candidates in Labour-held constituencies at the election could influence the Labour leader to desist with his pledge to hold a new vote within six months of taking office. Speaking to talkRADIO, the Brexit Party chairman said: "One huge thing is Jeremy Corbyn, about nine times, refused to say whether he would campaign for leave or remain.
"A simple reason why he wouldn’t give that confirmation – he would put to the British public in a second referendum remain or a fudged remain.
"Leave would not be on the ballot paper so that’s why we decided not to stand against Conservative MPs because we want to make sure the option of a second referendum is taken off the table."
Mr Tice added: "That’s what we’ve done and we believe we’ve ensured that."
Party leader Nigel Farage announced he would stand down 317 prospective candidates to help Prime Minister Boris Johnson keep a hold of constituencies won in 2017 while confirming his remaining candidates will challenge Labour in their heartland.
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General election 2019: Tice claimed the Brexit Party succeeded in getting a new vote off the table (Image: ITV•LBC)
General election 2019: Tice suggested Corbyn refused to clarify his position because a new vote is not possible (Image: LBC)
Discussing the performance of the Prime Minister, the Brexit Party chairman welcomed further confirmation the transition period originally agreed with the European Union will not be extended past 2020.
The implementation period was set to last two years from Britain's withdrawal on March 29 but subsequent extensions to the deadline reduced the