Brexit Party shifts tactics, won't challenge Tories in vote

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ Associated PressHARTLEPOOL, England (AP) In a major shift, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said Monday that his party will not run against Conservative candidates in almost half of the U.K. seats in Britain’s Dec. 12 election to make sure it doesn’t split the pro-Brexit vote.He said the party will not put forward any candidates in 317 seats that the Conservatives won in the last election, an announcement that should boost the chances that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives win a majority in an early election that Johnson sought to increase his Brexit mandate.Farage said he was putting country before party by unilaterally forming a “leave alliance” with the Conservatives at the expense of parties seeking to slow or even stop Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Those parties include the opposition Labour Party, the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalist Party.All 650 seats in the Hou....

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