Despite the reports of Labour closing the gap, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejects pact with Nigel Farage to secure a majority on Dec 12 poll …. reports Asian Lite News

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected the suggestion from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and US President Donald Trump that he should work with the Brexit Party during the election.

The Tory leader told the BBC on Friday he was “always grateful for advice” but he would not enter into election pacts.

His comments come after the US President said Farage and Johnson would be “an unstoppable force”.

Meanwhile, Mr Farage has announced he will not contest the forthcoming general election on December 12.

Farage said that he could “serve the cause (Brexit) better” by supporting his party’s 600 candidates, BBC reported. “I don’t want to be in politics for the rest of my life,” he said.

Farage has unsuccessfully contested the UK parliamentary elections seven times and sits in the European Parliament, at present.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has termed Farage’s decision as “weird”.

LONDON, June 7, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party talks to the media after handing in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking for the Brexit Party to be included in Brexit negotiations, in London, Britain, on June 7, 2019. Britain's main opposition Labour Party Friday held onto a parliamentary seat in a by-election in marginal Peterborough constituency, but the newly established Brexit Party was not far behind. It was the first assault on Westminster politics by the newly established Brexit Party, launched earlier this year by veteran Eurosceptic Nigel Farage. (Xinhua/Alberto Pezzali/IANS) by .
Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party . (Xinhua/Alberto Pezzali/IANS)

“It’s a bit weird to lead a political party that is apparently contesting all or most of the seats and he is not offering himself” for the polls,” Corbyn said.

Last week, Farage urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to dump Brexit deal and form an alliance” with his party for the election

Downing Street sources say there are no circumstances in which the Tories would work with the Brexit Party.

In an interview with the BBC, the Prime Minister said the “difficulty” of doing deals with “any other party” was that it “simply risks putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10”.

“The problem with that is that his (Corbyn’s) plan for Brexit is basically yet more dither and delay,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said there was “no question of negotiating on the NHS” as part of any future trade deal with the US, but he did not rule out expanding the amount of private provision in the health service in the future.

But Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said the public “can’t trust the Tories on the NHS”, saying they would “increase privatisation even further and do a deal with Donald Trump”.

When pushed on whether he would rule out a deal with Farage, Johnson replied: “I want to be very, very clear that voting for any other party than this government, this Conservative government… is basically tantamount to putting Jeremy Corbyn in.”

The UK is going to the polls on December 12 following a further delay to the UK’s departure from the EU, to January 31, 2020.



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