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Brexit Party to field candidates for every Scottish seat, says Nigel Farage

© Stefan Rousseau/PA WireNigel Farage at the Brexit Party's General Election campaign launch
Nigel Farage at the Brexit Party's General Election campaign launch

The Brexit Party will field a candidate in every constituency for next month’s general election, Nigel Farage has announced.

Launching his campaign today, the party leader said they’d contest every seat unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to a ‘Leave alliance’.

Farage hit out at the “broken promises” of the Government after it failed to bring the UK out of the EU on October 31.

He said Mr Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement was “not Brexit” and urged him to drop it.

The Conservatives have repeatedly rejected the idea of any sort of deal between the two parties.

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump appeared to call for such an electoral pact between Farage and Johnson, saying the pair could become an “unstoppable force”.

Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick said: “We are not interested in doing any pacts with the Brexit Party or indeed with anybody else.”

The Communities Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are in this to win it.”

In a radio interview with Mr Farage on LBC on Thursday, Mr Trump said: “When you are the president of the United States you have great relationships with many of the leaders, including Boris, he’s a fantastic man, and I think he’s the exact right guy for the times.

“And I know that you and him will end up doing something that could be terrific if you and he get together as, you know, an unstoppable force.”

While Mr Trump praised Mr Johnson, he criticised his Brexit deal, claiming it hinders trade with the US.

“To be honest with you… under certain aspects of the deal… you can’t do it, you can’t do it, you can’t trade,” he said.

“We can’t make a trade deal with the UK because I think we can do many times the numbers that we’re doing right now and certainly much bigger numbers than you are doing under the European Union.”

But a Number 10 spokesman said: “Under this new deal the whole of the UK will leave the EU customs union, which means we can strike our own free trade deals around the world from which every part of the UK will benefit.”

Talking about Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Trump said the Labour leader “would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you on such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places”.

Mr Corbyn hit back, tweeting: “Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected.”