JACOB Rees-Mogg and other signed-up loyal Tories might be backing Boris to be their party leader but if they do, and he comes up against Nigel Farage in a general election, they shouldn’t be too certain of his popularity then.
The Conservative Woman’s poll results for ‘BoJo or Nigel for PM? You vote’ closed yesterday with an astounding endorsement of Nigel Farage.
Who would you vote for to be PM – Boris or Nigel?
— The Conservative Woman (@TheConWom) May 19, 2019
A paltry 17 per cent said they’d vote for Boris Johnson compared with 83 per cent for Nigel Farage.
Should we be surprised? Not really. Have we ever known quite where Boris stands on Brexit? He has vacillated on May’s dire Withdrawal Agreement, and as we write we do not even know whether or not he is going to support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill just tabled by Mrs May (in a fourth attempt to force it through by offering Labour endless deals).
It’s not only Nigel who has a ‘real problem’ with the Tory leadership hopeful’s decision to vote for the Prime Minister’s deal in March. Mr Farage, who’s previously held out the prospect of an electoral pact with any new Conservative leader who backs leaving the European Union without a deal, said: ‘If a new Conservative leader said, “We are leaving on WTO terms on Hallowe’en Day” then that would be a great step in the right direction but would they actually stick to it? How could we trust them? That is the problem.’
Extending an olive branch to Amber Rudd’s remainer so-called ‘One Nation Tory’ camp is not exactly reassuring either. Some members of this group want to outlaw No Deal.
And no, the voters on our poll didn’t need Rachel Sylvester of the Times to tell them that ‘Leavers might not get the Boris they want’. They knew that already.