NIGEL Farage has faced a barrage of criticism from dropped Brexit Party candidates after he agreed not to contest Tory-held seats.

One former party candidate branded Farage a “disgrace to politics”, while another has vowed to stand as an independent Brexit-supporting candidates.

Amid the furore, the party cancelled a planned Westminster rally this morning – despite having promoted it as recently as Saturday.

Robert Wheal, who was due to fight in the Arundel and South Downs constituency for the Brexit Party, was stood down as the seat is currently held by the Conservatives.

In a series of angry tweets in the wake of Farage's announcement on Monday, Wheal insisted the Brexit Party leader is “finished” and described him as a “disgrace to politics”.

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He tweeted: "It's putting Nigel before the country. He will go down in infamy, letting down so many good people with whom he sought their trust. He is finished as a politician.

"All that Farage has exposed is his duplicity to so many supporters who had put their faith in him."

Wheal said Leave supporters could "kiss goodbye" to Brexit following the decision and vowed to spoil his ballot paper.

Speaking to LBC radio this morning, he said: "It was made very clear to us all at the first Brexit Party rally that we will put country before party and that, if Farage managed to arrange a deal with Boris Johnson that he would agree to drop his rotten Withdrawal Agreement and take on a no-deal, we would all stand down and support him.

"But what we have here is absolute codswallop."

Wheal continued: "Farage hasn't even got a deal. This was a golden opportunity to get Brexit. The Tories aren't offering Brexit. They're offering 'Brino' – Brexit in name only."

He denied that splitting the Leave vote risked a second referendum, describing it as "just more Remainer Project Fear".

"Half the Brexit Party supporters have worked their socks off for that party and he's dropped them like a stone at 12 o'clock yesterday," he said.

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Another former Brexit Party candidate has opted to stand as independent Brexiteer.

Neil Greaves said the Brexit Party leader had been "outmanoeuvred" and encouraged his fellow candidates to follow his example.

"Nigel has let Brexiteers down ... he should be standing up for the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit,” he said.

"Farage has been totally outmanoeuvred and out-negotiated without Boris (Johnson) even having to say anything."

Meanwhile, Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips, who was due to stand as a candidate in the Tory seat of Southampton Itchen before Farage's announcement, has declared she will "not vote at all" at the election.

"I have been disenfranchised by my own party," the South East MEP tweeted.