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General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats

The Brexit Party has announced that it will not stand candidates in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives at the 2017 general election. Party leader Nigel Farage said standing candidates across the country could increase the chances of another EU referendum taking place. But he said the party would stand against all other parties - and focus on taking seats off Labour. He had previously pledged to field more than 600 election candidates. Explaining his decision to supporters in Hartlepool, Mr Farage said Boris Johnson had recently signalled a "big shift of position" in his approach to Brexit. He cited pledges by the PM not to extend the planned transition period beyond 2020, and to seek further divergence from EU rules in a post-B ...