Nigel Farage says Brexit Party will fight next general election
The Brexit Party, the clear winner of the EU election in the U.K., will field candidates all over the country if there’s a general election in October, its leader Nigel Farage said.
“It’s a heck of a job,” Farage told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “If we don’t leave [on October 31st] then you can expect to see the Brexit Party’s success last night continue into the next general election.”
The party, launched in February over frustration at the delay to Brexit, had a successful night, with most of the the U.K. results now declared.
With results in Northern Ireland still to come, Farage’s party is on course to send 28 MEPs to the European Parliament, having won 32 percent of the vote.
Farage also said the Brexit Party’s strong showing meant they should be part of the U.K.’s negotiating team in the Brexit talks.
“We’ve got some businessmen and women of considerable experience [who are] quite happy to help the government get ready for the 31st of October, by becoming part of that team.”
Farage said the contest to replace Theresa May would not produce a Conservative leader who would clearly state that October 31 was the hard deadline for Brexit. And even if they said it would “I wouldn’t believe them,” he said.