Is Britain heading for a snap general election? Iain Duncan Smith says Boris Johnson must prepare to head to the polls to head off a Remainer revolt
- Boris Johnson has vowed to force through Brexit at all costs by end of October
- The new PM only has a tiny majority sparking speculation about early election
- Senior Tories have admitted that holding a snap poll might become unavoidable
Boris Johnson should prepare his Government for a snap general election in the autumn, a senior ally said amid fears of a Remainer revolt to block Brexit.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said today that the Government should be working on getting ready for an election but he does not expect one before October 31.
‘Any Government worth its salt would prepare for that eventuality. But the truth is I doubt whether my party will call for an election prior to the 31st,’ he said.
It came as Jacob Rees-Mogg warned today that a snap general election is ‘impossible to rule out’, amid mounting speculation the new Prime Minister will be forced to go to the country.
The new Commons leader and other senior Tories admitted a poll might be necessary with the government’s majority dwindling to almost nothing.
Mr Johnson is facing a massive challenge to keep his ‘do or die’ promise to force through the UK’s departure from the EU by the end of October.
Jacob Rees-Mogg and other senior Tories admitted a poll might be necessary with the government’s majority dwindling to almost nothing
The government’s effective majority stands at just two – and could fall to one if, as expected, the Conservatives lose a by-election in Brecon next week.
Mr Johnson again played down the prospects of an early election when he addressed the Commons.
But allies admit that he might be left with no choice amid a potentially huge Remainer revolt against No Deal.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We live in a parliamentary democracy, you can never rule out general elections in that sense.’
And Mr Rees-Mogg told ITV News that a ballot was ‘impossible to rule out’ given the extremely slim Commons majority.
However, Mr Johnson himself brushed off calls in the Commons for an immediate general election.
Mr Johnson (pictured in the Commons today) is facing a massive challenge to keep his ‘do or die’ promise to force through the UK’s departure from the EU by the end of October
‘The people of this country have voted in 2015, 2016, 2017 – what they want to see is this Parliament delivering on the mandate they gave us,’ he said.
As ‘war games’ of Mr Johnson’s options sweep Westminster, a senior Tory MP told MailOnline yesterday that a snap election on October 24 was a ‘distinct possibility’.
They suggested Mr Johnson could spend August talking up his domestic agenda with eye-catching announcements of more money for police and education.
‘At the same time he is off around Europe, and the message he quickly learns is ”f*** off we’re not changing”,’ the MP said.
‘He comes back in September, smacks Corbyn around the park at PMQs, then turns round the second week and says, ”The trouble with Europe is they know this Parliament is on their side. So I am going to the country so we can get the maths sorted to get this done.”
‘That puts the Brexit Party out of business and, with the domestic agenda, it puts Labour out of business.’
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