LONDON - Nigel Farage says a clean exit from the EU could be achieved if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister and forms an election pact with the Brexit Party.
The former UKIP leader believes Johnson has the ‘guts’ to fight for an election on no-deal and ditch Theresa May’s ‘terrible’ deal.
He told an event hosted by The Telegraph that a snap election could ‘spring’ the European Union leaders into offering ‘some sort of tariff-free deal’.
Farage said on Tuesday: ‘If Boris said “right, we’re ditching this terrible treaty, it’s the worst deal in history, I made a terrible mistake in voting for it, we’re ditching it.
‘”We’re giving Europe notice – we’re leaving on the 31st of October on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms.
‘”We’re going to do our utmost to make sure that in terms of aviation, transport, the Port of Dover there is as little disruption as there possibly can be” – then you might spring them into action and they might offer some sort of tariff-free deal.
‘And if Boris did that, and he was prepared to go to House of Commons to be voted down, to lose a motion of confidence, to go the country on a general election on that ticket and with the support of people of like me – he would win a massive, thumping majority.'
He said he would ‘of course’ work with a new Tory leader committed to a no-deal Brexit. Farage said on Sunday that there is ‘little chance’ of the Conservatives delivering on the promise to leave the EU by October 31, even if the former foreign secretary becomes prime minister.
If Johnson tries to force the issue through Parliament he will face ‘open civil war’, Farage wrote in the Sunday Express.
Boris Johnson is the favourite to become the next Tory leader (Picture: AP) His comments on Tuesday come amid concerns that his party could split the vote among Tory Brexiteers.(FA)