Nigel Farrage, Head of the Brexit Party, has made an about-turn and has announced that his party will not stand in 316 Conservative-held seats in the upcoming election. This means that they will not compete for Conservative seats, ensuring a larger Conservative majority.
Last week Farrage attacked PM Boris Johnson’s agreement with the EU and said it was not good enough. But, many people pointed out to him that running against the Conservatives would result in diluting the Conservative’s ability to form a Government. It would have split the Brexit vote and been a gift to the opponents of Brexit, the remainers. This includes the Lib-Dems, the Scottish SNP, the Welsh Plaid Cymru and the Irish DUP (that are not strictly remainers but who don’t like Johnson’s Irish arrangement with the EU). So Farrage’s decision practically ensures a Conservative majority and that Boris will remain PM.
The remainers are split between several parties and the Labour Party is so confused that practically no-one supports Corbyn’s latest plan. That is to reject Johnson’s plan, renegotiate another plan (not specified) with the EU (that have said they will not negotiate any more) and then have another referendum on the outcome. What a ridiculous plan, especially after over 3 years of haggling after the previous referendum. There are many Labour candidates who are not supporting Corbyn’s Brexit policy, particularly since the British public has Brexit-exhaustion and want it to be over already.
Labour had a nasty surprise when Corbyn’s deputy Tom Watson, seen as a more moderate leader, suddenly resigned. Also a veteran Labour MP Ian Austin resigned over Corbyn’s anti-Semitism and bullying tactics. Meanwhile 10 of the Conservative members that Boris had ejected from the Party were reinstated. So it looks as if Boris might be saved.