Boris Johnson's allies have made 'arms length' approach over Nigel Farage peerage

Allies of Nigel Farage have reportedly described an arm's length approach to bring the Brexit Party leader into the House of Lords as an attempt to 'buy him off'. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage could be offered a seat in the House of Lords after an arms length approach.

It’s been claimed the anti-EU MEP has been sounded out over a potential peerage by allies of prime minister Boris Johnson, the Sun on Sunday reports.

Three years ago, he knocked back the idea, at least in the short term, but there has been an arms-length approach, the source claimed.

Mr Farage, who will cease to be an MEP when Britain leaves the EU, has also previously said he would get rid of the upper chamber if his party ever won power.

It's been reported that representatives of prime minister Boris Johnson have made an approach to Nigel Farage regarding a potential peerage. (PA)

But sources close to Farage claim it could have been an “attempt to buy him off”.

One ally said: “Westminster is obsessed with rank, position and titles but Nigel isn’t bothered by it.

"A couple of people in and around the current Downing Street circle have discussed it with him informally.

“But Nigel isn’t interested. He achieved his goal with the 2016 referendum result and would let that be known if a fully-fledged approach was made.”

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He blasted members of the Conservative European Research Group for giving their backing to Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

He said: “The ERG are now backing an EU treaty that is 95 percent the same as Mrs May’s. They are putting party before country.”

Farage said the deal is only slightly better than Theresa May’s deal making it the “the second worst deal in history and it’s still not worth voting for”.

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