Nigel Farage ‘sets out terms for general election pact with Boris Johnson’ to help Tories win
Polls show the Tories taking a lead but with support still holding for the Brexit Party, it is thought the Tories may still struggle to secure a big majority.
But Mr Farage, who led his party to victory in the Euro elections this year, will now reportedly not field any candidates in seats that are being targeted by the Tories.
The Brexit Party have taken out a full wraparound advert on the front page of the Daily Express this morning offering Boris Johnson an election pact. Fair to say they are not messing about pic.twitter.com/I21nrHYbe9— Jack Blanchard (@Jack_Blanchard_) September 11, 2019
In return, Mr Farage wants a clear run at traditional northern Labour seats that saw successes for Ukip in the past, according to The Sun.
A source told the paper: "It's very simple, it's all about the numbers. Boris knows he cannot win a majority without our help."
The source added that Mr Farage "has had some conversations with people who are very close to Boris" in order to "scope out whether he's serious about a deal than actual negotiations".
The Brexit Party have also sent out a tweet offering an "election offer" to the PM, vowing to "destroy Corbyn's Labour" if a no-deal Brexit is secured.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has sought to shore up support for his Brexit ambitions by holding talks with the Conservatives' key parliamentary allies the DUP, with leader Arlene Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds spending more than an hour inside Downing Street.
Mrs Foster said the PM demonstrated his "commitment to securing a deal which works for the entire United Kingdom" as well as the Republic of Ireland, including rejecting the idea of a Northern Ireland-only backstop - which would have created a special economic zone for the country.
The Conservatives have enjoyed the support of the DUP's 10 MPs on many key issues since June 2017, although Theresa May was unable to convince them to vote for her Brexit deal.
For Labour, deputy leader Tom Watson is set to call for a second referendum before an election - putting hi at odds with Jeremy Corbyn, who has outlined his desire for an election before a referendum.
A ComRes poll for the Daily Telegraph suggested 43% of voters believe the UK should leave without a deal on October 31 if the EU refuses to make any more concessions compared to 32% who disagree and 25% who answered "don't know".
But 46% agreed they are "fearful" of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit while 33% disagreed and 21% answered "don't know".
The poll was conducted between September 6 and 8, with 2,016 British adults surveyed.
- This article first appeared on Yahoo