One of the most significant developments of this election’s overture has been the Brexit Party’s decision not to field candidates in any of the 317 seats won by the Conservative Party in the last General Election. Nigel Farage has said his party would instead focus its efforts on trying to take seats held by Labour, whom he accused of ‘betraying’ its Leave-supporting voters. Mr Farage has said his decision came off the back of Boris Johnson signaling a ‘big shift of position’ in his approach to Brexit. However, skeptical commentators will point to pressure from his own party candidates and key donors like Arron Banks as the reason for the U-turn.
While the Conservatives have welcomed the news, they will also need to be wary of losing centrist voters as a result. If the anti-Farage/anti-Trump labels assigned to the party by Labour and Liberal Democrats manage to stick, then the Tories could find themselves losing sight of the middle ground.
Remainers have also been busy. Three Remain-backing parties last week revealed the 60 target seats where they will not stand against each other in constituencies around the UK. The Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru will stand against each other in a number of marginal, remain-leaning seats to boost chances of having a higher numbers of anti-Brexit MPs in Westminster come December 12th. The alliance will target the seat of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, along with 12 seats in Wales where Plaid have stood aside for the Liberal Democrats.