Several of the Brexit Party’s (now former) general election candidates are in a state of open revolt against Nigel Farage, after he stood down candidates in 317 constituencies.
Brexit pied piper Farage led his troops to the top of the hill, before unceremoniously dumping them earlier today. The Brexit Party leader announced that he would be standing down his candidates in every constituency won by the Conservatives in 2017, in an effort to prevent splitting the Leave vote.
However, perhaps unsurprisingly, Farage’s scorned candidates have been reacting with a decent level of fury to his decision.
A couple of candidates have suggested that Farage has abandoned Brexit voters, and that even they will not vote at the upcoming general election.
Adamson, quoted above, also retweeted a post suggesting that dumped Brexit Party candidates form a new party “The Real Brexit Party Ltd” and stand in all 317 constituencies.
Meanwhile, Wayne Bayley, the party’s former candidate for Crawley, has been going on a bit of a Twitter rampage. He accused Farage of doing a “dodgy backroom deal” with Boris Johnson and said he would be standing as an “Independent Brexit Party candidate”.
Before this, Bayley posted something even more, erm, assertive.
Bayley claims someone else created a “fake account” and posted this tweet, although this seems a likely excuse.
And, to be honest, we don’t blame him for being so angry. Each candidate had to pay £100 for the privilege of standing for the Brexit Party, and had to give a statement of their dating history. We’re not kidding.
Meanwhile, Farage has made £37,100 from candidates who won’t even represent him at the forthcoming election. Not a bad return.