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Farage to Newsmax: Fear of Me Will Help PM Candidates

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Monday, 27 May 2019 09:41 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Buoyed by the big first-place showing Sunday of his 6-week-old Brexit Party in races for the European Parliament, Nigel Farage predicted fear of his political potency among the United Kingdom's Conservative Party will help pro-Brexit candidates vowing to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

"The Brexit Party threat is real," Farage texted Newsmax shortly before several network projections showed his party topping the field in the European parliamentary election with 31.7% of the vote and the ruling Conservative Party in a dismal fifth place with 8.7%.

The man known universally as "Mr. Brexit" went on to predict "fear of me will help 'leave' candidates [for the Conservative Party leadership and succession to May as prime minister].”

"But the Conservative Party is split," Farage quickly added, referring to the presence of several candidates for leader who reject a Brexit that includes "no deal" with Brussels on customs or trade before leaving.

Conservative leader front-runner and Brexit's 2016 campaign chairman Boris Johnson has said he would accept a "no deal" Brexit unless the British parliament has accepted a plan with the EU before the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain's exit.

One of Johnson's seven rivals, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has said he will fight any "no deal" Brexit. Another contender, Secretary for International Development Rory Stewart, has vowed never to serve in a government under Johnson because of the front-runner's acceptance of a "no deal" stand.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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