Nigel Farage has claimed he could win the next general election if Brexit is not delivered by the end of October.
The bold statement came after his newly formed Brexit Party stormed the European polls, finishing second in Scotland and winning overall in the UK, with 29 MEPs.
Mr Farage, celebrating his victory yesterday, said he is now “getting ready” to fight a general election.
He said: “Listen, I’m off to the office now, we’ve got 650 candidates to interview.
“We’re not just here to leave the European Union but to try and fundamentally change the shape of British politics, bring it into the 21st Century and getting a Parliament that better reflects the country.”
Asked if he could replicate the strong result in a general election, he said: “Let’s put it like this: March 29 was a big, significant day, everyone knew that was the day we were supposed to leave and we didn’t.
“October 31 will become that next date embedded in people’s memory.
“If we don’t leave on October 31 then the Brexit Party could stun everybody in a general election, too.”
Mr Farage also reacted angrily to suggestions of working with the Conservatives, dismissing leadership bid favourites for backing the prime minister’s deal.
He said: “Why would I work with a party I don’t trust? Why would I work with a party who have openly, wilfully lied to the British people?
“If a new Tory leader says, ‘We are leaving on October 31,’ well I’ll be thrilled to hear it, but do you know something? I’ll believe it when I see it.
“All I can see at the moment is a series of front-runners, all of whom backed Mrs May’s new European treaty. That’s not good as far as I’m concerned.
“Mr Johnson, along with Mr Gove and the others, voted for the new European treaty that would’ve left us with Brexit in name only.”