Nigel Farage has said he will not be standing in the British General Election.
Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this Sunday whether he was going to stand in the upcoming election, the Brexit Party leader told Marr: “I’ve thought very hard about this, how do I serve the cause of Brexit best, because that’s what I’m doing this for.
“Not for a career, I don’t want to be in politics for the rest of my life.
“Do I find a seat to try get myself into parliament or do I serve the cause better traversing the length and breadth of the United Kingdom supporting 600 candidates, and I’ve decided the latter course is the right one.”
He added: “It’s very difficult to do both. It’s very difficult to be in a constituency every day and at the same time be out across the United Kingdom.”
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The Brexit Party could play a significant role at the UK’s December 12 General Election but Boris Johnson has ruled out an election pact.
If the party did stand down hundreds of candidates across the UK it would improve the chances of Mr Johnson’s Tories gaining a majority or remaining the largest party in a hung parliament.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Farage said he would decide this coming week where he would stand, with Thurrock a “possibility” but it “might make more sense” if he stood in a Labour leave seat in the north.
Thurrock was a target seat for Mr Farage’s former party Ukip in 2017.
At the EU referendum, 72.3% of people cast their ballots in favour of Leave, the second highest proportion among the East of England’s 47 voting areas.
Speaking about Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, Mr Farage told the paper it was like a piece of cheese.
“When you get it out of the fridge, it’s really appetising and delicious for a few days, but after a couple of weeks it stinks and is inedible.”