The Brexit Party leader said the new PM would not deliver Brexit by the October 31 deadline “on current form”. He said there was only a 20 or 10 percent chance of Brexit being delivered by the new deadline, with a delay more likely. He issued his warning two days after the Tories lost a crucial by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire, seeing his fragile majority in the House of Commons halved to just one seat.
In an interview with The Times, Mr Farage delivered a scathing critique of the new PM’s brief time in power.
He said: “The reason he’s up in the polls is because Joe Public thinks he’s going to deliver a no deal Brexit.
“The first indications are that actually he’s not going to deliver anything that he said.
“So things will change very quickly.”
On his vow to quit the bloc “no ifs or buts” and a refusal to accept Theresa May’s current EU Withdrawal Agreement, he said: “It’s a means of trying to suppress the Brexit Party vote. I just don’t think it’s sincere.”
And he warned Britain could face a general election – or even two – in months.
Mr Farage told the newspaper: “Do I see a clean Brexit? No. Do I think there’ll be a general election? Yes. Do I think there could be two general elections within six months? Quite probably.
“In terms of Brexit, the really big historic battles are to come.”
Mr Johnson has claimed it will be the EU’s fault if a deal is no agreed.
The Prime Minister has demanded wholesale changes to the deal reached by Theresa May with Brussels, including scrapping the Northern Irish backstop.
Having set out his demands to the EU’s members it was now “their call” whether they wanted a deal, he said.
Mr Johnson made the comments during a visit to Wales where he promised help for farmers facing a “tricky” situation if a no-deal Brexit results in tariffs pricing them out of EU markets.
Mr Johnson said the UK was not aiming for a no-deal Brexit but the situation was “very much up to our friends and partners across the Channel”.
“They know that three times the House of Commons has thrown out that backstop, there’s no way that we can get it through, we have to have that backstop out of the deal, we cannot go on with the Withdrawal Agreement as it currently is,” he said.
“If they understand that then I think we are going to be at the races. If they can’t compromise, if they really can’t do it, then clearly we have to get ready for a no-deal exit.”
He said it was “up to the EU, this is their call if they want us to do this” but “unless we are determined to do it they won’t take us seriously in the course of the negotiations”.