The Brexit Party leader emailed supporters yesterday to tell them the party would have “a big challenge on our hands to clear out the Remainer Parliament and win a majority for Brexit”. This suggests the party will not put up candidates against Conservative Eurosceptics. But this may still not be enough to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson a majority.
Mr Farage originally said he would field members in all 650 seats.
But it was reported on Wednesday that he may cut this down to only a few dozen.
This comes after Mr Johnson blamed his failure to live up to his “do or die” promise to deliver Brexit on Halloween on the Labour leader Corbyn.
Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn are also hitting the General Election campaign trail today in the run-up to the pre-Christmas election.
Boris Johnson will kick off his election campaign today (Image: GETTY)
After previously pledging that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than extend Brexit beyond October 31, Mr Johnson will use election visits to claim it was Mr Corbyn’s fault the UK’s withdrawal from the EU had been put back until January 31.
He is due to say: “Today should have been the day that Brexit was delivered and we finally left the EU.
“But, despite the great new deal I agreed with the EU, Jeremy Corbyn refused to allow that to happen – insisting upon more dither, more delay and more uncertainty for families and business.”
Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn will hit out at the “tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back”.
Mr Corbyn will use the speech in London to “call out” people like the media baron Rupert Murdoch, and the Duke of Westminster.
He will say that “the elite” are scared of the British people, which is why “they’ll throw everything” at Labour in the upcoming election.
Mr Corbyn will say: “This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.
“So, we’re going after the tax dodgers. We’re going after the dodgy landlords. We’re going after the bad bosses. We’re going after the big polluters. Because we know whose side we’re on.
“Whose side are you on? The dodgy landlords, like the Duke of Westminster, Britain’s youngest billionaire, who tried to evict whole blocks of families to make way for luxury apartments? Or the millions of tenants in Britain who struggle to pay their rent each month?”
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John Bercow posed for pictures during the last day in the office (Image: PA)
The Speaker stopped for selfies on his last day (Image: PA)
10.28am update: Bercow poses for selfies as he prepares to leave Speaker role
John Bercow marked the last day of his role as Speaker by posing for impromptu pictures in Westminster.
He also stopped for selfies with people passing by.
Mr Bercow was emotional during his last PMQs yesterday, after being in the role for 10 years.
Jeremy Corbyn launches Labour’s General Election campaign at Battersea Arts Centre (Image: GETTY)
10.15am update: Swinson declares Lib Dems are ‘strongest party of Remain’
The Lib Dems are out in force to launch the party’s campaign slogan launch.
Party leader Jo Swinson has said: “This general election is about the direction of our country for the next generation.
“The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and we are ready to take the fight to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. They are stuck in the past and the Liberal Democrats represent a brighter future.
“We want to stop Brexit and ensure that we can build a brighter future for our UK.”
10.08am update: Lib Dem candidate stands down in Dominic Grieve’s seat
Rob Castell tweeted: “You will have seen Dominic Grieve doing the rounds this morning saying that the Lib Dems are standing aside in support of him. I am said Lib Dem PPC and it’s true. These are unprecedented times – we’ve been talking for ages.”
9.37am update: Corbyn blasts Boris as he begins election campaign
The Labour leader tweeted: “Boris Johnson has spent months promising we’d leave the EU today.
“The failure to do so is his and his alone.
“Labour will get Brexit sorted by giving the people the final say within six months with the choice of a credible leave deal or remain.
“And we’ll carry out what you decide.”
The issue of open borders and the free movement of people was one of the central and most divisive issues of the 2016 EU referendum.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to introduce an an Australian-style points based system after it quits the EU, to control immigration into the UK.
However, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said that the UK economy needs immigration into the country to prosper.
He told the BBC: “We’re going to have an immigration policy which has as much freedom of movement as possible.”
The Prime Minister was not able to fulfil his (Image: GETTY)
8.38am update: Abbott calls on Keith Vaz to reconsider standing in election
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has called on Keith Vaz to reconsider his decision to stand again as a Labour candidate in the forthcoming general election.
The Commons Standards Committee recommended the Leicester East MP should face a six-month suspension after he was found to have “expressed willingness” to purchase cocaine for others.
The committee said his explanation for what happened during an encounter with male prostitutes was “not believable and, indeed, ludicrous”.
Ms Abbott told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I think he should consider his position. I think he himself should agree not to be a candidate.
“It has been a very sad issue, not just for him but for his family and his children.”
8.02am update: Election confirmed as bill flies through House of Lords
The House of Lords passed the election bill last night, meaning the UK will go to the polls on December 12.
The one-page bill got through the House of Commons in just one night, after having two readings in the House of Lords that were unopposed.
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, leader of the House of Lords, opened the debate and was watched on by the prime minister Mr Johnson.
She said: “Having an election will allow us to all put our cases to the public, gives them the opportunity to decide how they want to move forward, and to ensure the new government has time to act before 31 January 2020.”