Brexit Party to fight for Labour Leave vot­ers

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The UK’s Brexit Party came out fight­ing yes­ter­day when it launched its gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign from a box­ing ring in the shadow of Bolsover Cas­tle in Der­byshire.

Bolsover is tra­di­tion­ally a strong­hold for the UK’s main op­po­si­tion party, Labour, but it is at the heart of the Brexit Party’s cam­paign as 70 per cent of res­i­dents voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage claimed there were five mil­lion Labour sup­port­ers for the tak­ing in sim­i­lar towns across the coun­try when polls open on De­cem­ber 12.

“We are in Labour heart­land, rep­re­sented by Labour MPs decade af­ter decade, gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion, but it is a Labour Party dom­i­nated by north Lon­don in­tel­lec­tu­als. They have com­pletely lost touch with or­di­nary peo­ple,” Mr Farage said.

“They are now a party com­pletely com­mit­ted to over­turn­ing what we voted for back in June 2016. I do not think a sin­gle Labour Leave voter should vote for that party in ar­eas like this.”

Be­fore the rally Mr Farage tweeted a warn­ing shot to Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn.

“The Labour vote is our key tar­get, they have been be­trayed,” Mr Farage said.

He re­peated that sen­ti­ment in an­other tweet af­ter­wards. “Great start to our na­tion­wide tour. The gloves are off in this cam­paign and we are go­ing af­ter Cor­byn’s Labour,” he said.

Mr Farage has been urged to move to the side­lines by his al­lies in the rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive party who fear a split in the Leave vote could jeop­ar­dise ef­forts to take the UK out of the EU by Jan­uary 31 next year.

UK Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son also called on vot­ers to back the Con­ser­va­tives but Mr Farage yes­ter­day dis­missed calls to stand aside.

“Some­how Labour vot­ers are all go­ing to vote for the Con­ser­va­tives, that’s what Boris’s team says. It is sim­ply not go­ing to hap­pen,” he said.

“Right now I will not al­low him [Mr John­son] to mas­quer­ade de­liver Brexit when it is any­thing but.

“We have to get Brexit done prop­erly and the Brexit Party is the only choice.”

Mr John­son will hope to win a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity in the elec­tion so he can break the UK’s Brexit dead­lock and get his EU di­vorce deal through Par­lia­ment.

But Mr Farage said his party would run in al­most ev­ery con­stituency un­less Mr John­son scrapped his deal.

The Brexit Party, which was founded this year, re­jects Mr John­son’s Brexit deal, pre­fer­ring to leave the EU with no agree­ment on fu­ture re­la­tions in what the party de­scribes as a “clean break”.

The party said leav­ing with a deal would mean con­tin­u­ing to fol­low some EU rules and hold­ing years of ne­go­ti­a­tions on fu­ture re­la­tions.

The party will hold cam­paign events at 60 lo­ca­tions across the UK but Mr Farage, who has run for Par­lia­ment seven times with­out suc­cess, said he would not be a can­di­date in the elec­tion.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has urged Mr Farage to team up with Mr John­son to form “an un­stop­pable force” but the prime min­is­ter ruled out do­ing a deal with Mr Farage.

Yes­ter­day evening the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment was dis­solved and the par­ties are set to be­gin the elec­tion bat­tle in earnest today.

Reuters

Nigel Farage donned box­ing gloves for the launch of the Brexit Party elec­tion cam­paign in Bolsover, Ch­ester­field, UK

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