We’ll stand in Southport unless you drop your Brexit deal, Farage tells Johnson

Veteran Southport journalist Martin Hovden writes: Nigel Farage has given Prime Minister Boris Johnson just two weeks to drop his Brexit deal or face a battle for Southport.

Speaking today (Friday) at the launch of the Brexit Party general election campaign, Mr Farage said Mr Johnson’s current deal is not Brexit and he urged the PM to ditch it and leave the EU on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms.

If Mr Johnson does not agree to a pact, said Mr Farage, his party will stand in every seat in Britain, apart from Northern Island in the 12 December election.

If the two parties can’t reach a deal – which seems highly unlikely – this will be a huge blow to Southport Pro-Leave MP Damien Moore. He will face a huge fight for Southport’s Pro-Leave supporters from Brexit Party candidate Darcy Iveson-Berkely (a former Tory activist).

This potential Pro-Leave split will be warmly welcomed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the town.

Mr Moore currently has a 2,900 majority over Labour, who pushed the Lib Dems into third place in the 2017 election. Until then, the resort was held by Lib Dem John Pugh.

The only grain of hope for Mr More came when Mr Farage revealed he will be touring the country starting next week and listed the North East and South Wales. He did not include the North West in his destinations at this stage.

These are the 2017 results in Southport:

CONSERVATIVE 18,541 (38.66%)

LABOUR 15,627 (32.59%)

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT 12,661 (26.40%)

UKIP 1,127 (2.35%)

The main parties’ positions on Europe (if they win a majority) are:

TORIES: We’ll LEAVE the EU as soon as possible

LABOUR: We’ll NEGOTIATE a better deal and then hold a SECOND REFERENDUM

LIB DEMS: We’ll SCRAP BREXIT and REMAIN in Europe

BREXIT PARTY: LEAVE on WTO terms

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