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Remain supporter and People’s Vote campaigner Lord Adonis has claimed European elections before is resolved would be a “huge gift” to Nigel Farage’s new party. The Labour peer claimed most people find it “absurd” if there were to be European elections when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. Speaking on talkRADIO, Lord Adonis said: “I was struck in your conversation with this case about the European elections.

“I think if there were European elections before we Brexit, I think this would be a huge gift to and his party.

“Because, of course, most people regard it as absurd to be holding European elections when we might be leaving to EU and so his line of what we should do of ‘just get on with it’ would be overwhelmingly powerful.

“But, if as I hope, we end up staying. At that point, Nigel Farage’s party will become completely redundant.

“So the big issue for Farage’s party is if he gets to fight an election before Brexit is resolved. If he does I think he will do very well, if we as I hope, have a People’s Vote and we vote to stay in the EU, I think he will fade like the morning dew.”

The Brexit Party was officially recognised by the Electoral Commission on Friday, allowing it to field candidates at elections.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has backed the party vowing to stand in the European Parliament elections in May if the UK has not left the EU by then.

He said: “If the need comes for the Brexit Party to be mobilised, I think it will draw support from across the entire spectrum.

“I genuinely believe people would be very surprised at the support it would attract. There is a live vehicle therefrom which to fight back.”

European Parliament elections are planned to take place on the continent between Thursday 23 May and Sunday 26 May, nearly two months after the UK is scheduled to officially leave the Brussels bloc.

Speaking on talkRADIO on Monday, Conservative MP and Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen warned Mr Farage’s new party is a “Damocles sword” over the Tories.

He said: “If we don’t deliver the Brexit we promised the British people, quite rightly we’re going to be punished at the polls.”

Despite Britain still expected to leave the European Union on March 29, the threat still remains that MPs could still block Britain’s departure by extending Article 50.

The Prime Minister is still battling with the European Union to try to get legally binding changes to the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement.

Last week Mrs May held “robust” discussions with senior EU figures including the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. Mrs May also travelled to Dublin on Friday and had dinner with Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The European Commission insisted the withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened but Mr Juncker suggested the future political declaration could be altered.

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK that time was “extremely short” to settle a divorce deal.

He told a news conference in Luxembourg: “This time that remains is extremely short. The withdrawal agreement which we agreed with Theresa May’s government remains the best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the UK.”

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