LONDON (Reuters) – Arron Banks, one of the biggest financiers behind the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage should stand down candidates in opposition Labour marginal seats to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union.
FILE PHOTO: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attends a general election campaign event in Sedgefield, Britain, November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Banks told Reuters that Brexit was under threat and that the only way to secure it was by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson winning a majority in the Dec. 12 election.
On Monday, Farage said he would stand down candidates in 317 Conservative seats.
“Brexit is under threat,” Banks told Reuters in an interview. “We need to see further moves to stand down candidates in marginal seats they can’t win and go for the 40 or so Labour seats where the Tories (Conservatives) haven’t got a hope.
Candidates’ nomination papers have to be in by the end of Thursday.
“There are 48 hours to save Brexit and save the country from a Corbyn government,” Banks said, referring to Socialist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “Nigel has remade the Conservative party in his own image, the Conservative Party is the Brexit Party.”
“The only way Brexit is going to get delivered is by a Boris majority,” Banks said.
Farage however snubbed Banks’ appeal, saying shortly afterwards on Twitter: “I put country before party yesterday and now will take the fight to Labour. 300 nominations have been signed off — time to get on the road!”
Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice underlined the message, telling the BBC: “Arron is talking