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Nigel Farage wants to take on Boris Johnson in next general election

Nigel Farage hit back at claims the Brexit Party has ‘gone downhill’ as he announced plans to stand as a candidate in the next general election.

The Brexit Party leader said he was one of 635 men and women who had passed their assessments and would be able to run for MP in the next leadership race.

He appeared on Good Morning Britain earlier today and faced a grilling from co-host Richard Madeley about the Brexit Party’s position in the polls.

Mr Farage said it wasn’t the case that the Brexit Party had ‘peaked’ before the Peterborough by-election in June and said ‘trust was broken’ in the Conservatives.

Dubbing the current withdrawal agreement the ‘worst [deal] in history’ he said: ‘We are standing and we will stand in every seat in this election and we will say to Boris Johnson, if you sell us out on Brexit with this awful withdrawal treaty we will fight you on every feat’.

Today, Mr Farage will be joined by Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice and Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe to reveal the Brexit Party’s plans for a future general election.

The conference will take place in London, and will begin at 11am

Speaking ahead of the conference on GMB, Farage said he wanted a ‘clean break Brexit’.

He said: ‘You’ve got the loud noise which says we’ll leave with no deal on October 31, but if you actually look at what is being said by Macron, Merkel and Boris Johnson – Boris in a letter last week said it was his highest priority to get a withdrawal agreement.

‘We want a clean break Brexit.’

He dismissed claims from Madeley  that none of the 635 Brexit Party candidates stood a chance of winning a seat in a general election based on the Brexit Party’s current position in the polls.

He said: ‘A lot of people will not go back to Boris Johnson and the Conservative party whatever they say, because trust is broken’.

However the former UKIP leader said the Brexit Party would ‘work with anybody to get the right result’ and  claimed a partnership between him and Boris Johnson would be ‘unstoppable’ in delivering Britain’s departure from the EU.

He added: ‘What we will not do is stand aside and watch Brexit be betrayed for a second time.’

Farage launched the Brexit Party in April ‘to cause a revolution in British politics and to end the two-party structure.’

It dominated the European elections in May, receiving  the highest share of the vote in nine of the 12 regions.

It was expected to win the Peterborough by-election the following month, but Labour narrowly saw off the challenge.

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