Rees-Mogg: I'm 'open' to Farage rejoining the Tories

PUBLISHED: 11:36 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:45 21 January 2019

Nigel Farage MEP and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) meet at a Bruges Group event. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA.

Nigel Farage MEP and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) meet at a Bruges Group event. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA.

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Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would be open to the idea of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage joining the Conservative party.

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Rees-Mogg, the chairman of the European Research Group, told LBC Radio: “If the Conservative party could reunite with the reasonable elements of UKIP that would be very good news and Nigel would be part of that.”

He said that such a move would “be much easier now than it would have been when he was still a member of UKIP”, because of the eurosceptic party’s new links with Tommy Robinson.

Farage quit UKIP last year over current leader Gerard Batten’s association with Robinson, the co-founder of the English Defence League.

Rees-Mogg added: “It may be a little bit early, though personally I hold Nigel in the highest regard and think he was one of the people who was instrumental in delivering Brexit... but perhaps a little bit more purdah is required.”

Farage has claimed that he will run again to be a Member of European Parliament if Article 50 is extended and European elections take place.

There is suggestions he could form a new party should Brexit not be delivered, but for now his party of choosing was a “work in progress”.

He said: “There are lots of parties out there that one could pick up and use right now. I’m working on it.”

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