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Brexit Party Peterborough by-election candidate Mike Green in awkward Radio 4 interview

14 May 2019

The Brexit Party is a single-issue Eurosceptic political party in the UK.

In an interview with The Guardian, Labour's shadow minister on Brexit, Keir Starmer, insisted that any deal had to include a confirmatory vote, and urged those who were considering voting for Remain supporting parties such as the Greens, Liberal Democrats and Change UK, to support Labour, insisting it was the only party capable of delivering on a second referendum.

Last week, Graham Brady, chair of the influential Conservative backbench 1922 committee, told BBC that they expected the Prime Minister to set a date for her departure this week. However, with public strength of feeling on Brexit high, it could be far higher this time round - around 49% of respondents to a YouGov poll earlier this month said they were certain to vote, with only 13% adamant that they would not.

"We believe that a customs union-based deal with Labour will very likely lose the support of Conservative MPs, like us, who backed the Withdrawal Agreement in March... and you would be unlikely to gain as many Labour MPs to compensate", they wrote, according to The Times.

Former UKIP leader Farage formed the Brexit Party in January 2019 in response to what many Brits felt, and still feel, is the lack of serious progress made in Brexit negotiations by Theresa May's Conservative Party.

The former Conservative Party leader made the comments as chief negotiator Olly Robbins heads to Brussels, in an effort to secure changes to the political declaration, which details the UK's future relationship with the EU.

"More fundamentally, you would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it".

He later wrote in Twitter that in a choice between a no-deal exit or staying in the European Union, he would vote to leave without agreement.

Crispin Blunt said that the Conservatives must make an "accommodation" with the Brexit Party but stopped short of calling for a full coalition.

Expectations from the election have also piled pressure on the Labour Party around its stance on Brexit, its ongoing talks with the government and whether it should demand a public confirmatory vote no matter what the deal agreed with the government is.

Explaining his position on Twitter, Mr Streeting said: "I only said what too many say in the tea room, but won't say to Jeremy's face, about what voters are saying on the doorsteps. We weren't listened to then, either, leading to Tory majority and Brexit".

A Labour source said: "Our message is about bringing the country together".

"I haven't gone into the detail of legal, specific laws but what I do know is that we're more hampered by laws that are being put in place by people who aren't elected", said Greene.

Brexit Party Peterborough by-election candidate Mike Green in awkward Radio 4 interview