Peter Udale, the Brexit Party’s candidate made the announcement yesterday stressing the need to secure Brexit and avoid a Jeremy Corbyn led government. Speaking to the Telegraph, Mr Udale explained the danger posed by a Labour Government. He said: “If he (Jeremy Corbyn) got into No10. he would undermine our economy, our defence and our union.
“I therefore believe it is fundamentally wrong for the Brexit Party, which is strongly patriotic and has a deep allegiance to our union, to stand candidates in constituencies where the Tories have a chance of winning.”
Mr Udale stressed however that he wasn’t turning his back on the Brexit Party and still believed the Party had an important role in the upcoming election adding:
“I continue to support the Brexit Party in strong Labour constituencies where Leavers are unlikely to swing behind the Tories in large numbers.
“These voters deserve an alternative voice, and I believe the Brexit Party has some great candidates and will win seats.”
This news may come as blow to Mr Farage’s campaign hopes
Mr Udale warned against the dangers of a Labour government
The news will come as a further blow to Mr Farage’s election campaign as Mr Udale joins a growing number of Brexit Party members stepping aside for Conservatives.
On Wednesday Paul Wood, the Brexit Party candidate in Truro and Falmouth, emailed supporters to say he was also standing aside to avoid splitting the Leave vote.
Prior to the start of Mr Farage’s campaign as many as 20 candidates were understood to have pulled out.
Mr Udale is the latest Brexit party candidate to step aside
Many of these candidates citing a need to not split the vote and challenge Brexit’s implementation.
The news of Mr Udale’s departure from the race comes as Mr Farage yesterday outlined the two Brexit changes, he would like to see the Prime Minister make before he could form an electoral pact with the Conservatives.
Despite Mr Johnson recently claimed the Brexit Party is “out of date” telling his supporters they are not a threat, Mr Farage still thinks an electoral pact could be possible.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Farage said: “This is a treaty alright, we will be passing a treaty that makes it very clear in Article 184 that we will be bound by the terms of the Political Declaration.
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Boris Johnson has said the Brexit party is “out of date”
Mr Farage still sees the possibility of an election pact with the Conservatives
“And what I am saying is this: Boris Johnson needs to make it clear that he will fundamentally change the Political Declaration in two ways.
“Firstly, to get rid of the clause that allows an extension to go on until at least 2022.”
BBC host Nick Robinson interjected: “Which Michael Gove said on this programme on Monday that the so-called transition, in other words we stay as if we’re members for a little while while the rules are got straight, that would not be extended.
“So he’s said that.”
Mr Farage replied: “We’ve heard all that before. They said they wouldn’t extend from March 29, they said they wouldn’t extend from April 12, they said they’d rather ‘die in a ditch’ than extend from October 31.
“It’s no good just saying they won’t do it, we need to have the clause in a Political Declaration removed, so we get a hard deadline, that’s the first point.
“And the second point is we simply cannot, absolute cannot, bind ourselves to a trade deal that gives us regulatory alignment that will prevent us from doing trade deals with the rest of the world and mean we’re not making our own laws.”
Mr Farage has asked that Boris Johnson make two changes to his deal
Despite Mr Johnson reluctance to accept an alliance with the Brexit Party leader, it has emerged Mr Farage has been meeting in secret with many individual Tory candidates agreeing to step aside candidates in key races.
The price of such agreements seems to be heavily implied to hinge on not supporting Boris Johnson’s deal in parliament after the next election.