Return of Farage! Tories 'rattled' as Brexit pioneer could come back and split vote

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Over recent weeks, the former Brexit Party leader hinted at a return to politics while criticising the Government over the number of people making the perilous journey across the English Channel from France to England. He also attacked Boris Johnson’s plans to raise tax and his net-zero policies.

Now, according to new analysis reportedly shared with a number of senior Government figures, right-wing voters could be diverted away from the Conservatives to alternative parties.

The analysis is expected to be made public in the coming weeks and comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to resign.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has also faced pressure to come up with ways of stopping people crossing the Channel – which Mr Farage has been vocal about.

The Government is reportedly planning to make an announcement on Channel crossings this week.

PoliticsHome claimed Mr Farage is unlikely to stand in the next general election but instead plans to become more vocal and visible within the Reform Party, which he founded.

Back in November, Mr Farage said he would give “serious thought” about a political comeback and has been approached by several financial donors.

Mr Johnson is fighting to stay in Downing Street following public backlash of “partygate” with members of the Tory party already turning into potential successors.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are seen as the frontrunners to take over leadership of the Conservative Party.

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“That won’t be reversed.

“I know I’ve come back once or twice when people thought I’d gone, but this is it.

“It’s done. It’s over.”

The eurosceptic added: “Now’s the moment for me to say I’ve knocked on my last door.

“I’m going to step down as the leader of Reform UK.

“I’ll have no executive position at all.

“I’m quite happy to have an honorary one, but party politics, campaigning, being involved in elections, that is now over for me because I’ve achieved the one thing I set out to do: to achieve the independence of the UK.”

However, the former UKIP leader said he is not planning to retire just yet.

Back in 2016, Mr Farage vowed to quit politics following the outcome of the Brexit referendum.

He said he wanted his “life back” but two years later he launched the Brexit Party in a bid to alter the path of the Brexit negotiations.



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