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Conservatives should form electoral pact with Brexit party at next general election, says senior Tory – live news

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet where ministers are discussing the cross-party Brexit talks 9.19am BST On his LBC phone-in Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, has just claimed that remain voters will be among those voting for his party. One of his candidates even voted remain, he said. He said that was because people were supporting the party because they supported the principle that the referendum result should be honoured. 9.10am BST Theresa May is chairing cabinet today and ministers will discuss whether they want to continue with the cross-party talks with Labour, which are widely viewed at Westminster as doomed to fail. As my colleagues Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason report in their overnight story, Jeremy Corbyn is also facing pressure from MPs on his own side who want Labour to adopt a clearer anti-Brexit stance. Related: Senior Tories press May to abandon Brexit deal talks with Labour In my judgment, we are going to have to come to an accommodation with the Brexit party. The Conservatives, as a Brexit party again, being very clear about their objectives, are almost certainly going to have to go into some kind of electoral arrangement with the Brexit party, otherwise Brexit doesn’t happen.Listen to what Nigel Farage said; he would “do a deal with the devil” to get Brexit over the line. The Conservative party is very far from being the devil in this. Eighty per cent of the membership of the Conservative party are very keen to make sure that Brexit happens, will be in a position to enthusiastically support leaving the European Union with no deal. If we are then able to agree a position to put to the country, I think we would hit the ball out of the park.“The Conservatives are almost certainly going to have to go into some kind of electoral arrangement with the Brexit Party, otherwise Brexit doesn’t happen,” says Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, but he refrains from suggesting a coalition [email protected] | #newsnight Continue reading…

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