The MEP has predicted the party’s success will add to pressure on the Government to back a no deal Brexit. Nigel Farage dismissed the Prime Minister’s chances of getting her Brexit deal through Parliament. He added her showdown next month would be “the last act of her rather sad premiership”.
Theresa May will meet Tory 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady to set out the timetable for her exit after the vote on the Brexit legislation in early June, with defeat likely to accelerate her departure from Number 10.
Mr Farage said: “The plan is to top the poll.
“The plan is to put leaving on WTO terms back on the agenda. The plan is to hasten the exit of Mrs May, who has not played straight with the British electorate.
“The plan also is to get people from the Brexit Party as part of the Government’s negotiating team as we head up to October 31.”
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Asked if a vote for the Brexit Party was an unequivocal vote for leaving on World Trade Organisation terms – without a deal agreed with Brussels – Mr Farage said: “Yes, absolutely. If you want Brexit, vote for the Brexit Party.
“Right now, the only way that the democratic will of the people can be delivered is to leave on WTO terms.”
Conservatives fear a mauling at the EU elections, but Mr Farage rejected the suggestion that Tory MPs would suddenly back Mrs May’s deal to counter the threat posed by his party.
Mr Farage added: “She thinks that fear of the Brexit Party is suddenly going to make Members of Parliament vote for this new treaty – it’s not.
“I think probably that will be the last act of her rather sad premiership.”
Asked for his assessment of Boris Johnson, the bookmakers’ favourite in the race to replace Mrs May, Mr Farage challenged him to set out where he stood on Brexit and the Prime Minister’s deal.
The Brexit Party leader added: “Do you stand for Mrs May’s treaty or do you stand for a clean-break Brexit?
“We’ll find out over the next few weeks.”