Leader of the newly-established Brexit party Nigel Farage says Prime Minister Theresa may and her ruling Conservative Party would commit their “final betrayal” to a nation who voted to leave the European Union if they strike a deal with the opposition Labour party and accept its conditions for closer ties to the bloc after the divorce.
“If they push forward with this, it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people and I think millions of people will give up on both Labour and the Conservatives,” said Farage in a Sunday interview to the Sky News.
The comments came amid intensified efforts by May’s government to have Labour agree to a deal that could guarantee Britain’s smooth withdrawal from the EU. The talks came after May failed on three occasions to gain the approval of the parliament for the Brexit agreement she signed with the EU in November.
Reports earlier on Sunday said May had pressed Labour to agree to a deal, especially after results of the Friday elections for local councils showed that the two mainstream parties had suffered significant losses, mainly due to their inability to deliver on Brexit.
Farage, who is widely seen as the one who made Brexit referendum in 2016 possible through his years of campaigning as head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said a deal between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be a further betrayal to the voters who have been waiting for three years for the UK to eventually leave the EU.
“This would be the final betrayal. If May signs up to this, I don’t see the point of a Conservative Party even existing. What’s it for?,” asked Farage, adding, “If May and Corbyn put together a deal where we leave in name only but we’re stuck inside all of the European Union’s structures, then I think the realignment of British politics will happen even more quickly.”
Farage’s Brexit Party has a high chance of winning the upcoming European Parliament elections in late May.
He has consistently advocated a clean break from the EU, a scenario which economists and politicians say would have dire consequences for the UK.
“What the public wants is to leave the European Union,” he said.