UPDATED 11:06 AM PT — Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The leader of the U.K. Brexit Party has offered a political alliance to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In an interview with The Times Tuesday, Nigel Farage said he would fully support the prime minister if he ditches the Brexit deal negotiated by former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Farage said if Johnson agrees then he would urge his voters to support the Tories, while Brexit Party candidates would stand down in the next general election.
The Brexit Party won almost 30-percent of the U.K. vote in this year’s EU elections. However, members of Johnson’s cabinet have taken a cautious stance on Brexit so far.
“When I was out in Helsinki with EU foreign ministers on Thursday and Friday, we’re getting positive reception, people want to hear more, we’re thrashing through the detail of it. What we’re not going to do, with the greatest respect to Nigel Farage, is allow him to dictate our course or indeed any future manifesto.”
— Dominic Raab, MP (C) Esher and Walton, foreign secretary – U.K.
Prime Minister Johnson has warned against taking a radical stance on Brexit, saying all options remain on the table to advance talks with the EU.