NIGEL FARAGE handed a letter in to Downing Street today to demand involvement in the Brexit negotiation process.
The letter, addressed to the prime minister and copied to all the Conservative leadership candidates, reads: ‘The electorate have asked for us to come into the negotiating team and we are ready to do so immediately.’
After handing the letter to security inside Downing Street, the Brexit Party leader said: ‘We’ve got 55 days now of total impasse, while the government spends all its time working out who the next prime minister is.
‘We’ve only got less than five months until we’re due to leave. We would love to start helping now.
‘This is us saying to you: we’re not a protest party, we actually want responsibility, we want to get involved.’
When asked about losing the Peterborough by-election in which his party’s candidate came a close second to Labour, Mr Farage said: ‘Did we? I don’t know, if you think zero to 29 per cent in a couple of weeks is losing, then it’s losing.
‘From nowhere we produced a phenomenal result. If you look at the opinion polls put out by YouGov last night, they actually showed us six points in the lead across the country.
‘They are astonishing figures for an organisation that Richard [Tice] and I launched eight weeks ago today.
‘What you saw last night in Peterborough was too many Conservatives voted Conservative and let Labour win.
Meanwhile, the winning candidate in the Peterborough by-election said her victory showed voters were more concerned about local issues than Brexit.
Labour’s Lisa Forbes said her campaign focused on public services rather than national politics.
‘I campaigned on a message of hope, for a better deal for our city,’ she said.
‘Better resources for our schools, cleaning up the city of fly-tipping and getting more police back on our streets — local issues.’
The Labour leadership said the by-election showed voters’ dissatisfaction with the government, with both leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott saying Peterborough had ‘rejected Tory austerity’.
Mr Corbyn added: ‘This result shows that despite the divisions and deadlock over Brexit, when it comes to a vote on the issues that directly affect people’s lives, Labour’s case for real change has strong support across the country.’