Blog: Nigel Farage claims VICTORY as Boris Johnson ‘adopts Brexit Party plan’ – Express.co.uk

Mr Farage claimed the Prime Minister had been inspired by the Brexit Party’s campaign for funds to be poured into infrastructure projects. He even accused Mr Johnson of adopting the Brexit Party’s turquoise and white colour code. The former MEP tweeted: “Large scale infrastructure spending was first proposed by The Brexit Party.

“Not only does Boris now use our policies, he’s even using our colours too!”

Mr Farage included a snap of Mr Johnson’s podium which had the words “Build Build Build” set onto a turquoise background.

In a speech earlier on Tuesday, Mr Johnson set out a vision where the Government could cut through red tape to speed up construction and infrastructure projects and kick-start the economy to “level up” wealth and opportunity in Britain.

Much of the spending will be targeted at northern and central England.

Many voters in these traditional Labour regions helped lead to the Tories victory in the December election.

This also led to pundits claiming the so-called Red Wall had been obliterated by the Conservative Party in the first ballot since Mr Johnson took over as leader last summer.

Some of the areas where Mr Johnson outlined his plans included homes, hospitals, rails and roads.

Several have been announced previously but are now being accelerated.

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The Prime Minister unveiled new planning rules to boost the number of homes and allow commercial premises to be repurposed more easily.

And he pledged £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, eradicating mental health dormitories, enabling hospital building and improving A&E capacity.

He also pledged to pour £100 million this year into 29 projects in the road network.

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He said the funds would cover a wide range of areas, from bridge repairs in Sandwell in the Midlands to boosting the quality of the A15 in the Humber region of eastern England.

An additional £10 million for development work to unblock the Manchester rail bottleneck, which will begin this year, has also been set aside.

On schools, Mr Johnson pledged more than £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, 10-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21.

These projects will be confirmed in the Autumn, and construction on the first sites will begin from September 2021.

He also announced £560 million and £200 million for repairs and upgrades to schools and further education colleges respectively this year.

And when it came to the environment, the Prime Minister said: “We will … build back greener and build a more beautiful Britain.”

Mr Farage’s take on Mr Johnson’s announcement comes as rumours swirl about the possible relaunch of the Brexit Party.

Mr Farage told The Sunday Express earlier this month: “[I am] watching and waiting. The lack of leadership from our Government has been pitiful.

“Millions of Conservative voters want to see some moral courage not the current cowardice in the face of anarchic marxism.”

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