While Boris Johnson is saying that he would go ‘no deal’ with the EU on October 31st if he is not happy with the terms of yet another Withdrawal negotiation, Farage is much clearer on what will happen. All talk of electoral pacts with The Brexit Party will be off unless the pact is based solely on NO DEAL. In other words, the Conservatives will not be able to parley with him unless BJ manages to persuade his party to swing the NO DEAL way. Which seems as likely as your favourite cliche for unlikely events.
Mirror writes –
Mr Johnson is now the hardest Brexiteer candidate after rival Dominic Raab was knocked out of the race.
That means he could afford to soften his position without losing major support.
Last night on a BBC TV debate, Mr Johnson refused to guarantee the UK will leave the EU on October 31.
Instead he said it was “eminently feasible”.
Mr Farage said: “If Boris said ‘right, we’re ditching this terrible treaty, it’s the worst deal in history, I made a terrible mistake in voting for it, we’re ditching it’.
“‘We’re giving Europe notice – we’re leaving on the 31st of October on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms. We’re going to do our utmost to make sure that in terms of terms of aviation, transport, the Port of Dover there is as little disruption as there possibly can be’ – then you might spring them into action and they might offer some sort of tariff-free deal.
“And if Boris did that, and he was prepared to go to House of Commons to be voted down, to lose a motion of confidence, to go the country on a general election on that ticket and with the support of people of like me – he would win a massive, thumping majority.”
He was then asked by the paper to reiterate his support for a pact contingent on going to the polls.
“If he was prepared to do that of course I’d want to work with them, of course I’d do that,” he replied.