The former Ukip leader confirmed his “Brexit Party” will be contesting all 73 seats. His bombshell announcement comes amid both the Tories and Labour scrambling to find suitable candidates in time for the May 23 poll. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Farage said candidates would be drawn from “all walks of life” and a number would be household figures.
The Brexit champion added the party was selecting representatives from “all areas of the country” and many of them would hail from non-political backgrounds.
He said: “We will have a full slate of candidates featuring people from all walks of life, including business and academia, and all areas of the country.
“Many have never been party political before and some of them will have instant name recognition.”
His intervention comes just 24 hours after he said he would be running for re-election to the EU Parliament where he has vowed to fight to deliver the result of the 2016 referendum.
After the House of Commons voted to pass legislation to rule out a no deal Brexit this week, Mr Farage vowed to “fight our political classes again”.
The Brexiteer was fuming after the ruling was secured by a majority of just one vote, dealing another blow to Theresa May’s Government.
He wrote in a Twitter tirade: “How can a single vote in Parliament supersede the 1.3 million vote majority for Brexit?
“It is now clear we will have to fight our political classes again.
“I’m up for it.”
In a gloomy warning for Brexit advocates, Mr Farage said it now appeared “certain” the European Parliament elections “will happen” next month.
While he admitted he was “not happy” about it, he vowed to not stand by “after 25 years of endeavour watch British politicians roll us over”.
Writing for The Daily Telegraph, he explained his new party was “fully mobilised” and had begun “raising good sums of money”.
Mr Farage may have been buoyed by news of a YouGov poll published on Friday which stated a quarter of Leave voters would now back either the Brexit Party or Ukip.