THE Conservatives would ‘never be forgiven’ if a snap election was called this summer, home secretary Sajid Javid has warned.
He hit out at reports No.10 was planning one on June 6 to capitalise on a ‘Brexit bounce’. Mr Javid (above) told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘The last thing this country needs is a general election.
‘I think the people will never forgive us for it, what they want is this parliament to deliver Brexit in an orderly way, that is what they are looking for.’
He also refused to deny national security would suffer if the UK was left with reduced access to databases and arrest warrants. He said security pacts made in 2015 might no longer apply after Brexit but added: ‘We were a safe country then [before 2015] and we will continue to be one of the safest countries in the world, even in a no-deal scenario.’
Mr Javid also dismissed suggestions of a permanent customs union with the EU as a ‘complete non-starter’ as it would leave the UK without an independent trade policy.
The international trade secretary Liam Fox (pictured) told Sky News show Sophy Ridge On Sunday that Brexit may be delayed ‘to get the legislation through’ as smoothly as possible.
Tory Brexit hardliner Steve Baker insisted Theresa May — who said she was ‘battling for Britain’ in Brussels — faces ‘a further substantial defeat’ if she cannot change the withdrawal text before MPs vote on February 14.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon will today warn the UK is ‘not remotely prepared’ to leave the EU on March 29 and will call for Brexit to be delayed. She will raise the prospect of a new referendum on Scottish independence.