The Brexit Party steps aside - and what it means


Blackleaf
#1
The Brexit Party is standing down its candidates in more than 300 constituencies to try and help the Tories and Brexit. This could be a game-changer...

The Brexit Party steps aside

Farage’s decision will wound the Remainer alliance, but it could wound him too.

BRENDAN O'NEILL
EDITOR
11th November 2019
Spiked



Make no mistake: this General Election is a Brexit election. Any politician who says otherwise (hello, Corbynistas) is being wilfully disingenuous. From the Liberal Democrats’ utterly illiberal and undemocratic rallying cry of ‘Stop Brexit’, to Labour’s promise to hold a second referendum and in the process make null and void the millions of votes cast in the first referendum, to the Tories’s drab, managerial slogan of ‘Get Brexit Done’, the political class is well aware that the defiant, destabilising Brexit revolt remains the big issue, and arguably the only issue, in British public life. And voters are aware of this too.

And now, into this mix, into this Brexit Election, comes the news that the Brexit Party is standing down its candidates in more than 300 constituencies. This could be a game-changer.

Nigel Farage has said that the BP is withdrawing its candidates from all constituencies that were won by the Tories in 2017 – 317 seats in total. He says he’s doing this to prevent the much talked-about and fretted-over split in the Brexit vote and to lessen the chances of there being another Remainer parliament that would hold a second referendum.

The news has been welcomed by Tory bigwigs and others. But Farage’s decision is not uncomplicatedly good. Many Leavers who were worried about the splitting of the Brexit vote will be breathing a sigh of relief. But this move is also humiliating for the Brexit Party. This party has spent weeks insisting that it stands for real Brexit against Boris Johnson’s sellout BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) and saying it will stand across the country because principles count for more than pragmatism. Having now backtracked on this, it can’t be surprised if people ask: ‘What happened to those principles, then?’

But in the round, outside of the narrow concern of the Brexit Party’s own reputation, this decision is interesting, and it could be beneficial to what some of us consider to be the key task of this election: isolating the highly anti-democratic Remainer wing of the establishment.

In spiked’s view, the aim of voters who care about democracy, who care about deeply for that hard-won liberty that gives ordinary people power and influence over our rulers, should be to give a thoroughly bloody nose to the Remainer elites who have spent three-and-a-half years defying the people’s will and insulting the largest electoral bloc in British history.

With their contempt for our democratic rights, and their censorious instinct to demonise Brexit as a fascist-like scourge, these people are a menace to public life and to the founding principles of modern democracy. Sidelining them by filling parliament with Leavers – whether those Leavers are Tories, Labourites, Brexit Party candidates or independents – is the most urgent business for democrats right now.

The BP’s decision could help to facilitate this urgent business. It makes it that bit more likely that parliament will have a healthy intake of politicians who grate, whether wittingly or unwittingly, against the reactionary Remainer elite and the profound threat it poses to our democratic freedom. Other questions, such as what to do about Boris’s BRINO and how to put pressure on the government to secure a full exit from the EU, can come after we have shifted parliament from being a bastion of Remainer elitism towards something more heavily pro-Leave and hopefully pro-democracy.

The BP’s decision doesn’t solve every problem, of course. One question is whether the Tories will reciprocate and withdraw candidates from Labour seats where the BP has a good chance of picking up votes. There are reports of a non-aggression pact between the BP and the Tories in these areas. But if the Tories are serious about Brexit, they will stand back and give free rein to a BP candidate against Labour, which, let us not forget, is promising to void the referendum result by forcing us to vote again. (However, if the Labour candidate is Eurosceptic, like Dennis Skinner, or a pro-democracy Remainer, like Caroline Flint, then voting for those candidates is preferable to voting for the BP candidate.)

In response to the BP’s decision, the pro-Remainer elites have demonstrated just how out of touch they are with public sentiment and with the Brexit spirit. They are screaming about this pact being proof that a ‘hard right’ Boris / Farage / Trump alliance wants to force a Hard Brexit on the UK and sell off our country, including the NHS, to the highest bidder.

First of all, it is a bit rich for those who campaign day and night for the UK to continue surrendering its sovereignty to the EU to accuse other people of wanting to sell off the nation. And secondly they are, unfortunately, wrong that this pact proves that ‘Hard Brexit’ – or what some of us prefer to call Brexit – is now a real possibility.

That’s the key point about the BP’s softening of its approach to Boris and his Withdrawal Treaty and the Tories’ role in bringing this shift about : it confirms that that actually there is no party, and this includes the Brexit Party, that fully represents the democratic desire for Brexit and for radical change in political life. It confirms what many of us suspected: that achieving Brexit and democratic reform will have to be fought for long after the election, and will have to be fought for by new, bottom-up groups and movements whose only interest is in boosting the democratic rights of the British people.

So in this election, let’s teach the Remainer elite a lesson. And after the election, let’s teach the supposed Brexit-supporting political class a lesson, too. We democrats have our work cut out for us.
https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/1...y-steps-aside/
 
Serryah
Free Thinker
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The Brexit Party is standing down its candidates in more than 300 constituencies to try and help the Tories and Brexit. This could be a game-changer...

The Brexit Party steps aside

Farage’s decision will wound the Remainer alliance, but it could wound him too.

BRENDAN O'NEILL
EDITOR
11th November 2019
Spiked



Make no mistake: this General Election is a Brexit election. Any politician who says otherwise (hello, Corbynistas) is being wilfully disingenuous. From the Liberal Democrats’ utterly illiberal and undemocratic rallying cry of ‘Stop Brexit’, to Labour’s promise to hold a second referendum and in the process make null and void the millions of votes cast in the first referendum, to the Tories’s drab, managerial slogan of ‘Get Brexit Done’, the political class is well aware that the defiant, destabilising Brexit revolt remains the big issue, and arguably the only issue, in British public life. And voters are aware of this too.

And now, into this mix, into this Brexit Election, comes the news that the Brexit Party is standing down its candidates in more than 300 constituencies. This could be a game-changer.

Nigel Farage has said that the BP is withdrawing its candidates from all constituencies that were won by the Tories in 2017 – 317 seats in total. He says he’s doing this to prevent the much talked-about and fretted-over split in the Brexit vote and to lessen the chances of there being another Remainer parliament that would hold a second referendum.

The news has been welcomed by Tory bigwigs and others. But Farage’s decision is not uncomplicatedly good. Many Leavers who were worried about the splitting of the Brexit vote will be breathing a sigh of relief. But this move is also humiliating for the Brexit Party. This party has spent weeks insisting that it stands for real Brexit against Boris Johnson’s sellout BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) and saying it will stand across the country because principles count for more than pragmatism. Having now backtracked on this, it can’t be surprised if people ask: ‘What happened to those principles, then?’

But in the round, outside of the narrow concern of the Brexit Party’s own reputation, this decision is interesting, and it could be beneficial to what some of us consider to be the key task of this election: isolating the highly anti-democratic Remainer wing of the establishment.

In spiked’s view, the aim of voters who care about democracy, who care about deeply for that hard-won liberty that gives ordinary people power and influence over our rulers, should be to give a thoroughly bloody nose to the Remainer elites who have spent three-and-a-half years defying the people’s will and insulting the largest electoral bloc in British history.

With their contempt for our democratic rights, and their censorious instinct to demonise Brexit as a fascist-like scourge, these people are a menace to public life and to the founding principles of modern democracy. Sidelining them by filling parliament with Leavers – whether those Leavers are Tories, Labourites, Brexit Party candidates or independents – is the most urgent business for democrats right now.

The BP’s decision could help to facilitate this urgent business. It makes it that bit more likely that parliament will have a healthy intake of politicians who grate, whether wittingly or unwittingly, against the reactionary Remainer elite and the profound threat it poses to our democratic freedom. Other questions, such as what to do about Boris’s BRINO and how to put pressure on the government to secure a full exit from the EU, can come after we have shifted parliament from being a bastion of Remainer elitism towards something more heavily pro-Leave and hopefully pro-democracy.

The BP’s decision doesn’t solve every problem, of course. One question is whether the Tories will reciprocate and withdraw candidates from Labour seats where the BP has a good chance of picking up votes. There are reports of a non-aggression pact between the BP and the Tories in these areas. But if the Tories are serious about Brexit, they will stand back and give free rein to a BP candidate against Labour, which, let us not forget, is promising to void the referendum result by forcing us to vote again. (However, if the Labour candidate is Eurosceptic, like Dennis Skinner, or a pro-democracy Remainer, like Caroline Flint, then voting for those candidates is preferable to voting for the BP candidate.)

In response to the BP’s decision, the pro-Remainer elites have demonstrated just how out of touch they are with public sentiment and with the Brexit spirit. They are screaming about this pact being proof that a ‘hard right’ Boris / Farage / Trump alliance wants to force a Hard Brexit on the UK and sell off our country, including the NHS, to the highest bidder.

First of all, it is a bit rich for those who campaign day and night for the UK to continue surrendering its sovereignty to the EU to accuse other people of wanting to sell off the nation. And secondly they are, unfortunately, wrong that this pact proves that ‘Hard Brexit’ – or what some of us prefer to call Brexit – is now a real possibility.

That’s the key point about the BP’s softening of its approach to Boris and his Withdrawal Treaty and the Tories’ role in bringing this shift about : it confirms that that actually there is no party, and this includes the Brexit Party, that fully represents the democratic desire for Brexit and for radical change in political life. It confirms what many of us suspected: that achieving Brexit and democratic reform will have to be fought for long after the election, and will have to be fought for by new, bottom-up groups and movements whose only interest is in boosting the democratic rights of the British people.

So in this election, let’s teach the Remainer elite a lesson. And after the election, let’s teach the supposed Brexit-supporting political class a lesson, too. We democrats have our work cut out for us.
https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/1...y-steps-aside/


 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Serryah View Post

 
Finlandia
#4
Endless for Brexit Party(the brutally portion by people) and they step down about beaten.
 
Blackleaf
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Finlandia View Post

Endless for Brexit Party(the brutally portion by people) and they step down about beaten.

You do realise this is to ensure Brexit happens by preventing Labour getting to power?

Obviously not.

Farage was threatening to put candidates in almost all 650 seats, but many Brexiteers were concerned this would cause the death of Brexit because, basically, a vote for Brexit Party would have likely meant a Labour Government - because it would have been fewer votes for the Tories.

Instead, Farage has said he will stand no candidates in all the constituencies where the Tories stand a good chance of winning.

So the Brexit Party aren't "beaten", especially if the Tories reciprocate and give them free reign in Labour Leave seats were the Brexit Party have a god chance of winning. We could then well see some Brexit Party MPs in Westminster in the new year and maybe a Tory/Brexit Party pact.


It's clever tactical manoeuvrings to defeat the undemocratic Remoaners.
Last edited by Blackleaf; 4 weeks ago at 12:29 PM..
 
Blackleaf
#6
Remainer snowflakes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aIP4UiDqf-k
 
Blackleaf
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Finlandia View Post

Endless for Brexit Party(the brutally portion by people) and they step down about beaten.



Richard Tice - the Brexit Party chairman - is dismissing talk of a humiliating climbdown as "absolute gibberish".

In an interview with Radio 4's PM programme, Mr Tice says the decision was a "strong sign of courageous leadership".

He says the aim was to ensure there was "no prospect" of a second referendum. Not standing against Conservative candidates, he says, would take that off the table.

And he calls it a "unilateral decision".
 
Blackleaf
#8
'I've given enough ground': Nigel Farage dismisses Tory pleas to stand aside in MORE seats amid fears he could still cost Boris Johnson the election - and says Tories should now make way in Labour Leave heartlands



Nigel Farage said he had already 'gifted' the PM at least 'two dozen' constituencies by dramatically withdrawing his would-be MPs in areas held by the Conservatives. He insisted Boris Johnson should be the one to make the next concession, as there were a number of Leave-leaning Labour strongholds where only the Brexit Party had a chance of winning. However, the MEP did stop short of completely ruling out any extension of his 'election amnesty'.

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Arise Baron Farage of Brexit! Thanks to his magnanimity, we can breathe a little easier...but there's still a month to go

By Richard Littlejohn for the Daily Mail
11 November 2019


Farage’s magnanimity yesterday was the first real shaft of sunshine in what has up until now been a depressing election campaign

Nigel Farage has done the right thing. It won’t have been easy. No politician has ever been so vilified from all sides.

He’s been attacked repeatedly, both verbally and physically. He was being set up as the man who wrecked Brexit, a cause he has championed with single-minded courage and determination for three decades.

Yet in announcing that his party was standing aside to give the Tories a clear run in constituencies they already hold, Farage demonstrated true statesmanship.

Even that must have been a difficult decision, given that there are plenty of Conservative MPs who have spent the past few years trying to frustrate the result of the referendum.

But Farage now accepts that the only way we’re going to escape the suffocating embrace of the European Union is by electing a Conservative government led by Boris Johnson.

The alternative is too horrible to contemplate — a cobbled-together coalition of Toytown Trots, tinpot nationalists and tree huggers, which would quickly turn Britain into a bankrupt basket case.

Farage has wisely listened to his friends and sympathisers, not least the thousands of Daily Mail readers who emailed urging him to put country before party.

As a supporter of a tungsten-tipped Brexit, Deal or No Deal, I share his suspicion of the terms Johnson has negotiated.


The Faragistes’ phenomenal performance in the European elections ended the catastrophic premiership of Theresa May, and cleared the way for Boris to seize what he has always considered his rightful destiny

But if the withdrawal agreement satisfies die-hard Leavers such as Arron Banks and Iain Duncan Smith, then it’ll do for me. For now. You can’t always get what you want.

At least, if Boris wins a working majority, we’ll have a government and Parliament committed to Brexit. That’s not something we could have said at any time since the referendum.

Once we’re out, even halfway out, we’ll have more leverage, not less. We will be free to negotiate our own trade deals.

If the EU doesn’t want to play ball, there’s a whole wide world waiting out there. We can always walk away, which was never going to happen under Mrs May.

My hunch is that Brussels will bow to the inevitable and act in the best interests of French farmers and German manufacturers, especially if they know they can no longer rely on an entrenched, pro-EU fifth column at Westminster to stick a giant spanner in the works.

The great tragedy of this entire business is that, while Remainers have put aside their differences in their cynical attempts to overturn the result, the Leave side have been hopelessly divided.


Between now and December 12, Farage has one final service he can perform for our nation, by smashing the Labour vote in Leave-inclined Northern and coastal seats and helping return a Tory government — ideally with a couple of dozen Brexit Party MPs to keep Boris honest

Personalities have got in the way of the prize. Even during the campaign, the two Leave camps wasted too much time squabbling with each other.

And after glorious victory was secured in the referendum, against the odds, the Tories scored a spectacular own goal when Michael Gove knifed Boris and launched his own leadership bid.

If Johnson had got the job then, we’d be out by now. There would have been no need for Farage to re-enter the fray. No Mother Theresa nightmare.

Believe me, Farage had no intention of staying in the political arena after the referendum win was secured, even though I thought he should have been handed a key role in negotiating our departure from the EU.

After all, who knows his way around the Brussels cesspit better than our Nige?

He’d given the best years of his life to getting Britain out of the EU, at great personal cost. He’d earned the right to make some real money, broadcasting, joining the lucrative lecture circuit, or even returning to the City to make a few bob playing the stock market.
But he was entitled to expect that mainstream politicians would respect the democratically expressed will of the British people. And when they didn’t, he felt duty bound to do an Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He came back. Thanks heavens he did. That we are finally on the brink of escaping from the EU is entirely down to the rise of the Brexit Party.

The Faragistes’ phenomenal performance in the European elections ended the catastrophic premiership of Theresa May, and cleared the way for Boris to seize what he has always considered his rightful destiny.


Even back in May when Mother Theresa was still flogging her dismal, defeatist dead horse ‘deal’, this column proposed an alliance between Boris Johnson and Farage as the only realistic route out of our European purgatory

Yet until yesterday it looked as if the Leave schism could let Corbyn stumble his way into Downing Street. That, hopefully, has now been averted by Farage’s decision to stand down his troops in Tory seats.

Of course, it still may not be enough. In a perfect world, the Brexit Party should only be contesting those 40 or so constituencies where they have a realistic chance of turfing out Labour.

I’ve never been a fan of proportional representation, but have to admit that under a different voting system the Brexit Party should hold the balance of power at Westminster.

In the Euro elections, Farage’s crew polled 5,248,533 votes. That’s nine times as many as the SNP.

But while the Scot Nats strut their stuff and talk about backing a Corbyn coalition in exchange for another indy referendum, the Bad Boys of Brexit can only hope to deny the Tories a majority.

That’s why Farage has taken the sensible course. To claim that he has blinked first, or caved under Conservative pressure, is to do him a grave disservice. This should be a time for Tory gratitude, not gloating.

While realpolitik means that Boris can’t order Conservatives to stand down in favour of Faragistes, the Tories could agree not to campaign too hard in the Brexit Party’s target seats. It would be an elegant solution.

Even back in May when Mother Theresa was still flogging her dismal, defeatist dead horse ‘deal’, this column proposed an alliance between Boris Johnson and Farage as the only realistic route out of our European purgatory.


Farage has wisely listened to his friends and sympathisers, not least the thousands of Daily Mail readers who emailed urging him to put country before party

Gary caricatured the pair as Morecambe and Wise, above the headline ‘Bring Me Sunshine, Bring Me Brexit’.

Both men played a key role in securing victory in the 2016 referendum. Both believe Britain has a bright future as a freebooting, sovereign nation, once we cast off the shackles of the sclerotic, corrupt, anti-democratic European superstate.

So what could possibly be wrong with them burying their differences to comprehensively defeat the existential threat to our prosperity and freedom posed by the Corbynistas and the Rag, Tag and Bobtail army of Lib Dems, Scots Nats and Greens?

Farage’s magnanimity yesterday was the first real shaft of sunshine in what has up until now been a depressing election campaign. Perhaps today we can breathe a little easier, but there’s still a month to go.

Between now and December 12, Farage has one final service he can perform for our nation, by smashing the Labour vote in Leave-inclined Northern and coastal seats and helping return a Tory government — ideally with a couple of dozen Brexit Party MPs to keep Boris honest.

If he can do that successfully, Britain — and Boris — will owe him big time. He will richly deserve to spend more time with his LBC radio microphone, or on Fox News, or serving as Donald Trump’s warm-up act on the American lecture circuit.

A seat in the Lords (which he claims Boris offered), or a knighthood, should be his reward, as a basis for negotiation. Baron Farage of Brexit has a nice ring to it.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/a...ge-Brexit.html
 
Blackleaf
#9
ROD LIDDLE Nigel, please could you extend your generosity to 50 or 60 of the marginal seats held by Labour?

Comment
Rod Liddle
14 Nov 2019
The Sun

SUDDENLY things are beginning to look a little more rosy for the *Government. A new opinion poll has just given them a 14-point lead over Labour.

Some more specific polling reckons that almost 40 per cent of people who voted Labour in Yorkshire last time won’t do so this time around.

If I were Boris I’d make the bloke ambassador to the US Credit: Reuters

Or ever in the foreseeable future, I expect. I mean, why would you? But things are still terribly tight. There is still the prospect — receding a little, mercifully — that we might wake up on

December 13 to find Magic Grandpa *running the country, with help from that Swinson woman and the Scottish *Nationalists. That’s always been the problem.

Labour might not have to gain any seats at all to become the biggest party. It could even lose seats overall, depending on how the SNP and Lib Dems manage. But that’s less likely now. And that’s because, at last, Nigel Farage has seen the light.

Bowing to intense pressure from parts of his own party, Farage has finally conceded that the Brexit Party will not field candidates in the 317 constituencies won by the Conservatives at the last election.

That is an enormous help to the Tories and Boris should be on his knees thanking Farage from the bottom of his heart. It will have been a difficult decision for Farage to have taken. He does not much like Boris’s deal.

But he has now come around to the view that is the only deal attainable, and the only way we will get Brexit across the line and able to move on from this state of perpetual limbo.

Like him or not (and I do), there has not been a more effective politician in the UK these last 20 years than Nigel Farage. Without him there would have been no prospect of Brexit whatsoever.

He has single-mindedly pursued his goal — to get us the hell out of the EU — and he has been devastatingly successful.

GREAT CONCESSION

And when it looked like Parliament was backsliding on Brexit, he returned in force with a brand new party, which swept the board at the last Euro *elections. He has allowed nothing to stand in the way of achieving his goal.

And so it is only right that he has faced reality and decided the best bet for Britain is a Tory government with a large majority to get that deal through. He deserves reward for this. The BBC may think he’s a nasty old fascist and the liberals may hate him, but they cannot deny his achievements.

If I were Boris I’d make the bloke ambassador to the US. It’s about time we had someone in Washington who doesn’t sneer at everything Donald Trump says and does.

But before he goes (if he goes). Please, Nigel. Those 317 seats were a great concession. And I know you had all the candidates up and running ready to fight.

But could you possibly extend your generosity to 50 or 60 of the marginal seats held by Labour which the Tories desperately need to form a government with a big majority?

Not the ones the Tories can NEVER win. The others. Stockton South, for example, and Bishop Auckland.

That would be your last gift. Not a gift to the Tories, who I know you don’t trust, and with good reason. But to Brexit and those of us who voted for it three years ago.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/103417...sity-50-seats/
 

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