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General election: Farage says Brexit party will not stand in

Farage says he was worried Brexit party could let the Lib Dems take seats from Tories. Follow all the developments nowLabour promises ‘managed migration’ from EU after BrexitKeith Vaz to stand downSign up to the election briefing 12.48pm GMT This is undoubtedly the best news that Boris Johnson has had during the election campaign so far. It doesn’t mean that the result of the election is now a foregone conclusion, and it does not mean that a hung parliament is now impossible, as Nigel Farage claimed, but the result of an election in which the Brexit party is not standing in Tory seats will probably not be the same as an election in which it was splitting the Brexit vote in those constituencies.Only 11 days ago, when Farage announced that he would be standing candidates in around 600 seats in Britain, he was claiming that his tactic might harm Labour more than the Conservatives. At the time election expects said that he was wrong, and that Tory seats were most at risk. Today Farage has admitted that they were right, and he was wrong.Nigel Farage bottling it by standing down in Tory seats shows how vital it is for Remainers to cooperate.

We cannot allow this hard right alliance between Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage – dancing to the tune of Donald Trump – to permanently wreck our country. 12.19pm GMT Farage says he is taking this decision to prevent the risk of a second Brexit referendum.He says that what he is announcing is, in practice, a leave alliance. Continue reading…

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