Farage says there is ‘no prospect’ of ditching EU laws in gloomy post-Brexit rant

Nigel Farage (left) and Rishi Sunak (right)

Nigel Farage has issued a gloomy post-Brexit outlook

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Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 12/06/2023

- 20:40

The former Brexit Party leader has extended an olive branch to Boris Johnson

Nigel Farage has hit out at the current state of the Conservative Government, saying there is “no prospect” of diverging from EU rules during Rishi Sunak’s tenure as Prime Minister.

It comes after Boris Johnson, the former PM who pledged to “get Brexit done”, stepped down as an MP.

Johnson dramatically announced his resignation in protest at his trimmed-down honours listed and expected ruling by a parliamentary committee that he lied to MPs over partygate.

GB News’ Farage, a prominent figure in the successful campaign for Brexit, has since extended an olive branch to Johnson in a bid to “defend their Brexit legacies”.

Speaking on his GB News show, Farage launched a rant about the Conservative prospects as the parliamentary party appears to face a future without Boris Johnson.

He said: “The Conservative Party under Sunak looks like a globalist party, there is no chance of diverging from EU rules.

“A deal on Northern Ireland has been done which permanently cuts them off, or certainly for the foreseeable future, from the rest of the country.

“We’ve got Jeremy Hunt in the Treasury with the highest tax burden for 71 years.

Nigel FarageNigel Farage has given a damning verdict on Boris Johnson's Conservative Party future.GB News

“We’ve got big state. Boris Johnson said very clearly in that resignation letter that Rishi Sunak was taking it in a direction that wasn’t conservative.”

Farage said on Sunday that he believes Boris Johnson’s spell as party of the Conservative Party is at an “end” and suggested a potential political partnership.

Farage said: "If he wants to defend his Brexit legacy, I want to defend my Brexit legacy too.

"Would there be a possibility of a new coming together on the centre-right?

"It would be Boris Johnson, there would be other MPs that would join in with this as well."

He added: "I have discussed it with people very close to him and around him."

The GB News presenter also said that the former Prime Minister has gifted the Labour Party the constituency of Uxbridge & South Ruislip.

He told Camilla Tominey: "I think the anger that you saw there from Tobias Ellwood will become the mainstream view of the Conservative Party.

"I don't think he has got any future in the Conservative Party whatsoever.

"This idea that he would be allowed to fight a safer seat than Uxbridge...well hang on.

"He has effectively gifted Uxbridge to the Labour Party and who knows, the other seats could go to the Lib Dems.

"He will be seen to be doing damage to the party, his allies are calling for a civil war.

"Boris Johnson's road with the Conservative Party is coming to an end."

On Friday, Boris resigned as the MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip with immediate effect after receiving a letter from the privileges committee.

Johnson released a 1,000-word resignation statement stressing he was "bewildered and appalled" by the committee's drive to oust him from the House of Commons.

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