‘Stuck with Theresa May’ Brexit Party MEP blasts Tories demanding party steps aside



The resurgence in the poll of the Conservative Party since Boris Johnson was elected last week prompted political analysts to suggest the Brexit Party had played its role in helping deliver Brexit . But Claire Fox, who only two months ago became one of the 29 MEPs the newly-created party delivered to the European Union ‘s parliament, insisted the Brexit Party is not stepping aside.

“We now got a kind of Conservative Party that’s now talking the good talk on Brexit – if the Brexit Party didn’t exist, Theresa May would still be running the Conservative Party.

“You have to say that the role of the Brexit Party continues to be to argue for a clean Brexit, to carry on arguing for democracy and remember that that democratic mandate was about to be thwarted.”

Ms Fox welcomed the arrival of Mr Johnson at the helm of the country but admitted to still feeling unsure on whether he will succeed in seeing Brexit through by October 31.

She continued: “I’m delighted Boris Johnson has campaign team and a Cabinetmade up of Brexit supporters, but the idea that anyone treats the Brexit Party as a junior wing of the Tory Party that can be dismissed because we’ve done our job doesn’t understand that there’s something much more profound happening in British politics today.

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“It’s great to have a Brexity Conservative leader, it’s about time and he’s only been in post for a while.

“He’s talking the good talk but I have yet to see whether he is going to deliver.”

The Brexit Party emerged as a strong opponent to both the Conservative and Labour parties, coming out on top at the European elections in May with 29 seats in the European Parliament and 30.5 per cent of the vote.

The party headed by Nigel Farage also surpassed the Tory Party during the Peterborough by-election in early June coming second by 683 votes behind Labour.

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The popularity the Brexit Party has amassed in the relatively short time since it was created has sparked speculation on whether Boris Johnson should consider partnering up with Mr Farage to secure wider public support.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly ruled out forming an alliance with the Brexiteer party but a recent Express.co.uk poll suggested the country may be in favour of an electoral pact to see Brexit delivered.

The survey of 9,000 readers was carried out between August 1 and 2, with an overwhelming majority of respondents – 8,073 – saying they would support Mr Johnson and Mr Farage joining forces.

The Brexit Party leader has expressed his support for such a plan, arguing his party would be in a better position to win votes in the north due to many Labour leave supporters turning away from Jeremy Corbyn.


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The Prime Minister has a lot riding on his pledge to deliver Brexit “come what may” as a new poll showed his party would only win the next general election if Britain leaves the European Union by October 31.

The ComRes survey of 2,004 British adults conducted between July 26 and July 28 suggested Mr Johnson would snatch a seven-point lead over Labour and wipe out the Brexit Party – but only if Brexit is delivered.

Ben Walker, founder of Britain Elects, which commissioned ComRes, said: “The polling does show how in the event of a no deal Brexit Leave voters would coalesce around one party, uniting the Leave brand whereas the Remain side would stay split, gifting the Conservatives a majority.”

But Mr Johnson on Thursday recorded his first loss as the Conservative Party saw their majority reduced to one after MP Chris Davies lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats in the Brecon by-election.


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