Brexit donor Arron Banks tells Farage to stand down in Labour marginal seats

LONDON (Reuters) - Arron Banks, one of the biggest financiers behind the Brexit campaign, said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage might stand down candidates in Labour marginal seats to secure Britain's exit from the European Union.

Banks told Reuters that Brexit was under threat and that the only way to secure it was by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson winning a majority in the Dec. 12 election. On Monday, Farage said he would stand down candidates in 317 Conservative seats.

"We need to see further moves to stand down candidates in marginal seats they can’t win and go for the 40 or so Labour seats where the Tories (Conservatives) haven’t got a hope," Banks told Reuters in an interview. "Brexit is under threat."

"There are 48 hours to save Brexit and save the country from a Corbyn government," Banks said, referring to Socialist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Nigel has remade the Conservative party in his own image, the Conservative party is the Brexit party."

"The only way Brexit is going to get delivered is by a Boris majority," Banks said, adding that he thought Farage would stand down in Labour marginals.

Banks said election strategist Lynton Crosby's lawyer had broached a possible way out for Farage.

"Nigel reminds me of a gambler at a casino that’s been winning all night and it’s time to take the chips off the table and step away," Banks said. "What we are offering the geezer, as you might say, is Brexit."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)

11/12/2019 16:10

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