With his party poised to cause a major shock in the May 23 vote Mr Farage insisted it will have “democratic legitimacy” to take part at the highest level of negotiations. Buoyed by surging support, the evergreen politician also said his Brexit Party is planning to run candidates in any snap General Election and is targeting disaffected and frustrated Tory donors to help finance the campaign. The former Ukip leader said his fledgling party was looking past the European elections on May 23 towards any national poll called if politicians fail to deliver Brexit.
Speaking at an election event in London, Mr Farage said the party was looking for 650 candidates.
He also said that the party is targeting Tory donors frustrated at Theresa May’s leadership as he seeks to build an election war chest.
And he claimed former Tory donors were in conversations about providing the “big bucks” needed to fight a general election campaign – in which he was likely to stand.
Mr Farage said the party had already raised more than £2million to fight the European contests, with 90 per cent of it from some 88,000 registered supporters paying £25 each, although a £100,000 donation had also been received.
But he said much bigger donors “traditionally donors to the Conservative Party” were now in conversations with the Brexit Party.
He also suggested that if his party does well in the European elections it should be involved in Brexit talks, saying: “In terms of legitimacy, if the Brexit Party wins this election arguing for a WTO Brexit, and we get significant support and we win, I think we will have democratic legitimacy to have a say in how we proceed from here.
“The new date we have is 31 October. We absolutely believe that the UK must, must, must leave on that date.
And if we were part of that discussion, I think we could offer them a very sensible way forward.”
He said cross-party talks between the government and Labour party will lead to a “Coalition against the people” warning that “if a clean break Brexit is not delivered” his new party would get more votes than the almost four million secured by Ukip under his leadership in 2015.
He said the Brexit Party’s door would be open for talks with Eurosceptics from other parties about possible local pacts in constituencies to avoid splitting the vote.
But highlighting the decision by Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to back Mrs May’s Brexit deal at the third time of asking, Mr Farage said it was “very difficult to work out in the final analysis who, in that case, you could really trust” and so the party’s priority was to fight a full national campaign.