Tory candidates say they WON’T talk to Nigel Farage on Brexit despite his massive Euro elections win

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TORY leadership contenders will refuse to work with Nigel Farage to deliver Brexit, The Sun can reveal.

The Brexit Party boss has demanded a seat at the negotiating table after his massive Euro elections win.

But just one of the candidates to be the next PM says he is willing to hold talks with Mr Farage to help make Brexit happen.

Eight other contenders insisted they have no plans to involve Mr Farage in their Brexit plans

After the Brexit Party took 32 per cent of the vote in last week’s European Parliament elections, the leader said: “We’ve got a mandate, we should be part of the Government negotiating team in Brussels.”

Rory Stewart, the International Development Secretary who is an outside bet to be the next Tory leader, said he would happily consult Mr Farage.

He told the Evening Standard: “I am going to get my office to reach out straight to him.

“I am the last person he will expect to hear from and that is a powerful position to come from.”

But other candidates ruled out opening talks with the Brexit Party leader.

Andrea Leadsom told The Sun: “We would talk to other parties about the Brexit process, but only the Conservatives can deliver it in Parliament.

“Therefore I have no intention to work with Nigel Farage.”

NO DEAL WITH NIGE

Jeremy Hunt said yesterday: “He’s not in Parliament and he doesn’t want a deal, Nigel Farage wants to leave without a deal.”

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid have all told allies they don’t intend to consult Mr Farage over Brexit, the Sun understands.

Dominic Raab said: “I want to work with people right across the spectrum of our party. But if I am elected as leader I would not do an electoral pact with Nigel Farage or the Brexit Party.”

A source close to Matt Hancock suggested he won’t hold talks with Mr Farage because he’s not an MP, adding: “Matt’s concentrating on getting a deal which can get through Parliament.”

Esther McVey sees no need to work with Mr Farage because she wants to pursue a No Deal Brexit on October 31 rather than reopening talks with Brussels, a spokesman said.

They added: “Esther will ensure there is no need for a Brexit Party or Nigel Farage as we will have delivered the Brexit that voters clearly want.”

How does the Tory leadership election work?

THERESA May’s resignation last week kickstarted the Tory leadership election.

The Prime Minister will formally stand down as party leader on June 7 – but will stay in place while the new PM is being chosen.

The leadership contest, overseen by party chairman Brandon Lewis, will take around six weeks and conclude in late July.

Any Tory MP can enter the race, and the list of contenders is then whittled down by the parliamentary party.

MPs vote in multiple rounds, eliminating one candidate each time until just two are left.

With at least ten declared candidates, it could take a couple of weeks to get through the rounds – although contenders who perform poorly early on may drop out.

The party’s 160,000 activists then choose behind the final shortlist of two, with the winner declared leader and Prime Minister.

When Mrs May became leader, she didn’t have to submit to a vote of members because Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the race.

So the last time activists have had a say on the leadership was 2005, when David Cameron defeated David Davis.


Mr Farage has vowed to challenge the Tories at the next General Election after his poll success last week.

A senior Brexit Party source told The Sun: “If they want to talk to us, that’s fine – but we will be standing in the next General Election.

“And if we don’t leave on the 31st, we will replace them.”

Nigel Farage was the big winner in the Euro elections
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Boris Johnson has refused to work with Mr Farage
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Jeremy Hunt says he doesn’t want to hold talks with the Brexit Party
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Rory Stewart is the only candidate who will negotiate with Mr Farage
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