David Cameron has refused to rule out a pact with UKIP after the next election. When the Prime Minister was asked by BBC Radio Kent if he would consider a minority administration supported by Farage’s party he said he would “do the right thing for Britain”.
Whilst both sides have previously ruled out an electoral pact, Nigel Farage recently said he would be willing to consider a deal if UKIP held the balance of power. As previously reported on Breitbart London, the Democratic Unionist Party has already indicated in private that it would support a minority Conservative administration.
The DUP would vote for the Conservatives in any confidence motion but would negotiate on each and every piece of legislation. It is likely that UKIP would follow a similar line. This would provide a stable government but not allow the Conservatives to push through legislation with which either the DUP or UKIP are unhappy.
The Prime Minister said: “The next election is absolutely wide open, and it could easily result, if people vote the right way, in a Conservative-only government. That’s what I’m campaigning for and nothing’s going to distract me between now and then.
“Until that election is over, you won’t get me speculating on what would happen if I fall short.
“People know with me that I will always try and do the right thing for Britain. At the last election, we didn’t have an overall majority, we fell short, and I thought the right thing to do was to give Britain strong and stable government to get the deficit down, turn the economy round, get the country back to work.
“I believe at the next election I’ve got a very strong case to say you’ve seen what we’ve done in Coalition, having to make some compromises, not being able to go ahead with all the things we wanted to do, now give us the chance to really deliver for the country, including on issues like immigration.”
The deal breaker for Farage is likely to be the promise of an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. So far Cameron has said he would have a vote in 2017 and the Conservatives have tried twice to pass the legislation needed to have that vote. On both occasions Labour and the Liberal Democrats have taken advantage of parliamentary procedure to stop it.