LONDON (Laboure Buzz) - Farage told the Daily Telegraph alleged attempts to bribe marginal Brexit Party candidates out of their seats surmounted to “full-on Venezuelan style corruption.”
Alleged attempts to bribe Brexit Party candidates
As per reporting by The Independent, Farage claims that senior members of the Conservative Party “attempted to bribe” Brexit Party candidates with jobs and even peerages should they be willing to withdraw from competing for marginal seats in the upcoming UK general election. The Brexit Party leader says he was pressured to pull his party’s candidates in action he says is “bordering on corruption.” Farage adds:
“I expect there will be Police investigations into what has gone on here ... The offer of peerages for material return is clearly an offence. And I think this may unravel over the next couple of days.”
He says eight peerages have been offered to Brexit Party members including a seat in the House of Lords for himself should he “go quietly.”
“There are lots of peerages being offered ... Today has been in industrial scale attempt to stop free and open politics happening in our country.”
Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice, has now issued a formal statement on the matter saying the party is “dismayed” especially as the Brexiteers have stood down over half their candidates already for the “good of the country.” A move which should prevent a second referendum on Brexit and allow PM Boris Johnson to retain his UK leadership. Tice says:
“Our people have been offered jobs and titles to stand down as candidates on the last day of nominations, as part of a concerted campaign to undermine our party.”
Bribery and corruption denied by the Conservative Party
The Conservative party is denying any accusations, a source from within the party told The Independent Farage’s “outburst” is a result of him realising he “can’t deliver Brexit.” A formal statement from the party says:
“Neither the Conservative Party, nor its officials have offered Brexit Party candidates jobs or peerages. We don't do electoral pacts - our pact is with the British people."
The Labour Party hasn’t held back on commenting on the allegations, also accusing the Conservatives of a “stitch-up.” Labour chairman Ian Lavery said:
“It looks like Boris Johnson is trying to stitch-up this election by offering jobs to Brexit Party candidates to get them to stand down.”
The deadline for nominations for candidates to stand in the December 12 general election was November 14. As reported by the Daily Mail, two Brexit candidates withdrew after the deadline for nominations preventing them from being replaced.
A formal investigation may or may not shed light on if there have been any backroom dealings at Number 10. If upheld in law, such behaviour would contravene Section 107 of the Representation of the People Act “corrupt withdrawal of candidature.”
The UK government is already facing legal action for infringement from the EU
These latest legal implications won’t be helping PM Boris Johnson who failed to nominate a new EU commissioner and now faces legal action from the EU for breaching the region’s treaty obligations.
The European Commission says it has issued a formal “letter of notice” to the UK and will begin infringement proceedings.
Johnson attempted to explain the lack of nomination to the EU, saying it is not “convention” for the government to make such senior appointments during an election build-up. His explanation has been immediately rejected by the union which says:
“A member state may not invoke provisions prevailing in its domestic legal system to justify failure to observe obligations arising under union law.”
Johnson’s Conservative government has been given until November 22 to respond to the EU on the issue.
(Written by Melanie Kramer, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)