General election 2019: Nigel Farage will not stand as MP


Nigel Farage

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Mr Farage last stood for election in South Thanet in 2015

Nigel Farage has said he will not be standing as an MP in the forthcoming general election on 12 December.

The Brexit Party leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr he had thought “very hard” but had decided he could “serve the cause better” by supporting his party’s 600 candidates “across the UK”.

“I don’t want to be in politics for the rest of my life,” he said.

Mr Farage, who has stood for Parliament seven times previously, also criticised PM Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.

He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr show the deal agreed earlier this month was “virtually worse that being in the EU”.

“If Boris Johnson was going for a genuine Brexit, we wouldn’t need to fight against him in this election,” he said.

On Friday, the prime minister rejected an alliance with Mr Farage’s Brexit Party, telling BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg doing deals with “any other party… simply risks putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10”.


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