Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes the Tories must deliver Brexit – or face an electoral ‘catastrophe’.
Mr Hunt, who is tipped to be considering a leadership bid once Theresa May leaves office, told ITV’s Peston show: “It would be absolutely catastrophic for us to face the people again in a General Election if we have not delivered Brexit – which was our central promise at the last election.”
— Peston (@itvpeston) April 10, 2019
Mr Hunt’s comments come as polls show Tory support dropping by as a much as nine points, putting Labour ahead.
A Kantar poll released on Wednesday showed Conservatives on 32% after their drop, compared to Labour’s 35%.
The Tories face a possible wipeout in both the upcoming local elections and the EU elections next month, as frustrated Leavers and Remainers turn to smaller parties more dedicated to take Britain out of the EU or keep us in.
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Mrs May faces more Tory anger after she announced overnight that she had agreed to a Halloween deadline for Brexit, following talks with EU leaders.
The Government are having more talks with Labour today in the hope of breaking the Brexit deadlock – but talk of a potential customs union will do nothing to quell the anger from Eurosceptic MPs and voters.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said his party was “certainly willing” to discuss the issue, telling BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “A customs union has been put forward previously in Parliament and hasn’t commanded a majority, partly because we’ve had the usually politicking, the SNP who say they support a customs union then didn’t vote for it.
“So nothing that goes forward will actually be successful unless we can command majority support for it in Parliament.”
If the UK has to take part in European elections, Mr Mundell said Mrs May would “certainly” lead the Conservative Party into any campaign “because of the timescale of those elections”.