The Latest: Brexit Party won’t run in hundreds of UK seats


LONDON (AP) – The Latest on Britain’s national election on Dec. 12 and its impending departure from the European Union (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says his party will not run in almost half of the U.K. seats in Britain’s election.

Farage says the party will not run in 317 Conservative-held seats so it does not split the pro-Brexit vote.

The announcement marks a major shift in the party’s strategy for the Dec, 12 election, since last week Farage said the party would run in every seat in England, Wales and Scotland.

Farage has been under huge pressure from Brexit supporters not to run candidates in seats where there is a risk of splitting the Brexit vote.

On the weekend, several right-wing British newspapers urged him to change tack, saying there was a risk that Britain might not leave the EU if the Labour Party comes to power. Labour is promising to hold a new referendum on whether to leave the bloc or remain.


11:40 p.m.

Britain’s main political parties are using Armistice Day to showcase plans to improve the lot of veterans if they win the Dec. 12 general election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party Monday unveiled proposals to make it harder to bring veterans to court over allegations of abuse that took place before the Human Rights Act took force in 2000, and a series of measures to help veterans get jobs.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party said it would improve housing and work conditions for veterans.

Also on Monday, Corbyn’s foreign policy adviser, Emily Thornberry, raised questions about Britain’s nuclear deterrent when she told ITV it is not clear Corbyn as prime minister would use nuclear weapons if Britain is threatened.

“It’s impossible, I think, for any human to say whether they would be prepared to kill millions,” she said.


Brexit party leader Nigel Farage speaks during an event as part of the General Election campaign trail, in Hartlepool, England, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)