The general election campaign is now well under way. Here’s what happened on Monday.

In a sentence: Nigel Farage decided to stand down his candidates in all of the seats the Conservatives won in 2017, a potentially decisive development.

In a paragraph: The Brexit Party leader declared a “unilateral Leave alliance” as he revealed his decision, while elsewhere the parties made a number of policy announcements on veterans and serving military personnel.

In 100 words: The main event of the day was Mr Farage’s announcement, which unsurprisingly was welcomed by Boris Johnson.

Although the Brexit Party will not be standing in the 317 seats the Tories won in the last election, the party will be focusing its energy on Labour held-constituencies.

The development was swiftly condemned by other parties.

Labour said voters should “reject this Thatcherite 1980s tribute act”, while Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson tweeted: “The Conservative Party are the Brexit Party now.”

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: “Any form of Brexit that is acceptable to Nigel Farage will be deeply damaging for Scotland.”

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Mr Farage’s decision has not proved universally popular in his own party, with the suggestion that they were not told about the move beforehand.

It would be unwise for Labour to underestimate the importance of today’s development in an election which is so volatile and uncertain and could come down to small margins, writes Sky’s Sam Coates.

Mr Johnson has vowed to protect veterans from vexatious legal action while Mr Corbyn has said he wants to improve working conditions.

The Liberal Democrats have launched legal action against ITV over the broadcaster’s decision to exclude leader Jo Swinson from its TV debate.

The party has also promised a £10,000 skills wallet for every adult in England for education and training throughout their lives.

Moment of the day:



Nigel Farage

Quote of the day:

I think our action, this announcement today, prevents a second referendum from happening. And that to me, I think right now, is the single most important thing in our country.

Nigel Farage

Photo of the day:

Boris Johnson in the Lych Gate Tavern, Wolverhampton
Image:
Boris Johnson eyes up a pint in a Wolverhampton pub

Fact check of the day:

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