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Tories ‘may not contest Brexit Party for certain seats in general election in pact with Farage’

BREXIT PACT

THE Tories have reportedly accepted a pact with Nigel Farage to not contest the Brexit Party for certain seats in the next general election.

Farage hinted that he had been approached by minister's proposing ideas that he feared would only keep Britain in the EU and Tories inside Downing Street.

A snap election is rumoured to be on the cards, if Tory leader frontrunner Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister next month.

The Brexit Party is leading the polls with 24 per cent according to a poll in The Sunday Times.

The Tories and Labour are three points behind in joint second place.

But with Boris still clearly leading the leadership race, hardline Brexiteers issued a strong warning, pressing him to deliver on Brexit.

And if he fails, some even suggested they would defect to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

The Telegraph reported this rumoured pact could be a way to stop those ministers from defecting.

Last night, Mr Farage told the newspaper he had been approached by "people".

He said: "I have had a couple of approaches from people saying 'wouldn't this be a good idea'?

"To which I say 'to do what? Just to keep the Tories inside No 10 and us in the EU?'"

News of this potential pact comes after Farage warned Brexit might not be delivered if Johnson becomes Prime Minister.

Writing in the Sunday Express, Mr Farage said: "Even if Boris Johnson becomes party leader and prime minister, the best we are likely to get from these Tories is a rehash of Mrs May's appalling Withdrawal Agreement; a warmed-over version of her worst deal in history."

Yesterday the six remaining candidates - Boris, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart - made their pitch to the grassroots activists who have the final say over the next leader.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood revealed he is supporting Rory Stewart after Mr Hancock dropped out, and Scottish Secretary David Mundell backed Michael Gove.

Jeremy Hunt, who came second in the first round last week, yesterday announced he would offer a tax break for granny flats to try and sort out Britain's social care crisis.


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