Farage criticises Sunak over Brexit as Reform UK makes major announcement Tories feared

Nigel Farage stated that Brexit is not yet complete as his former party, Reform UK, announced that they would run candidates in every seat in the next general election.

The group, formerly known as the Brexit Party, will not be fronted by their former leader as he told a press conference that his role would be “advisory”.

“Brexit has not been completed,” said Farage, the honorary president of Reform UK.

“Vast swathes of industry that were looking forward to benefits, the fishing industry being one, have seen virtually nothing in their favour. The regulations have not been repealed.

“And on the really big one, namely control of our borders, to only do we have what’s been happening in the English Channel but legal net migration last year was running at half a million.

“So three and a half years on, Brexit has not been completed.” 

Ann Widdecombe said the party will be putting candidates to stand “in every single seat” at the next general election.

She said: “Last time the Brexit Party stood down candidates because the Conservatives were promising to get Brexit done. But they have ratted on that promise.

“And as far as we’re concerned, we’re not going to be bought off a second time – so we will be standing in every single seat.

“They are not Conservatives anymore. The current party is neither Conservative nor unionist and I am both a Conservative and a unionist and I see no future at all in the current party.”

Widdecombe said that Britain would leave the EU as “one UK” and would “not leave a part of it behind,” referring to Rishi Sunak’s Windsor Framework.

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The ex-Conservative Minister stated that the “handcuffs” would remain in Northern Ireland as part of the agreement reached with the EU to ease the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the British mainland.

Asked if the Prime Minister had struck a good deal, she said: “No. I don’t deny that he’s loosened the handcuffs a bit but the handcuffs are still on.

“And what worries me is I think there are quite a large number of Tory MPs, who are now putting party before the union.

“The time will come when Northern Ireland will decide it cannot serve two masters and will have to decide between the EU and the UK and yet it is supposed to be part of the UK and the Conservative manifesto promised in terms it promised these were its words.

“The UK will leave the European Union as one UK, not leave a part of it behind.”