DUP could demand Nigel Farage plays role in Brexit negotiations

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage (Rex)
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage (Rex)

The fallout from last week’s General Election result continues, with new reports suggesting that Theresa May could be under pressure to give a top job and a peerage to Nigel Farage.

A source told The Sunday Times that Mrs May has been warned that she should keep the former UKIP leader on side by potentially offering him a job as a Brexit negotiator – or a UKIP relaunch could result, taking votes from the Tories come election time.

In news that may be music to the ears of disenfranchised UKIP voters, the paper’s source says that senior Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) members – and Farage allies – are keen to have him on board.

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Mrs May is currently in talks with the Northern Irish party, but no formal alliance has yet been reached.

News of this latest twist comes in the wake of Mr Farage’s talks with major UKIP donor Arron Banks about revamping the party or launching a new movement along similar pro-Brexit lines.

The source told The Sunday Times: “They want Farage as a lord or a role in government or he and Arron will put something together that will cause trouble for May.”

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