Brexiteers are crying out for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage to work together

Brexiteers are crying out for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage to work together

Both the Conservative Party and Brexit Party say that they stand with the people for democracy and against a Remainer Parliament. Neither will be able to claim this with any credibility if they carry on with the sort of public posturing we have heard since Friday.

The 17.4 million of us who voted for Brexit want them to achieve it by working together without pre-conditions on either side.

The Conservatives have to remember that Boris Johnson would not be in Downing Street were it not for the Brexit Party; and while Nigel Farage may prefer a clean-break Brexit to having a deal, the key for all of us is that we achieve Brexit. Boris’s deal, though far from perfect, does deliver it without the hostages to fortune that littered the deal negotiated by Theresa May.

If Brexit is lost because the leaderships of the two parties standing for Brexit weren’t grown up enough to seize the opportunity to work together, they will not be forgiven – and they will have demonstrated that for all their words about democracy and standing up for the people, when they were required to deliver they failed due to their own vanity.

If in six weeks’ time we see that the experience of the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election has been repeated across the country, firstly Boris will not be in Downing Street and secondly the heroes of Brexit, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, will be even more derided by Brexiteers than the Remainers now in Parliament.

If only they had got together at the outset of the election campaign, it might have all been so different, we will say. If only they had not been so pig-headed and buried their small differences and stood up for the people rather than their own petty positions, it might have been so different.

It is better to change one’s mind now and win Brexit than spend the next twenty years repenting at leisure.

MPs win their seats sometimes by one vote; just having another Brexit-supporting candidate on the ballot paper could be enough to lose it. I strongly urge both parties to come to an accommodation that lets the Brexit Party fight unencumbered those seats where there is no chance of the Conservatives winning and that they support the Conservatives elsewhere.

The next six weeks are crucial and we must not risk losing Brexit as a result of petty grandstanding.