The former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has called for the prime minister to stand down in May, as Theresa May has failure to leave the EU is “a disaster.”
Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday Smith said, “I know that the prime minister has already said she’s going.
“She said she would go as and when the agreement was ratified which was looking at around about May, June. I think those dates still stand.
“I think that what the PM has to do is aim everything now towards departure before the Euros [elections] which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do, getting the UK out of the European Union one way or the other and then we can have another leadership election and pick a new leader which is the way it has to be.”
On the European elections Smith said they are “impossible to justify,” as what is May “going to say on the doorstep? Vote for me and I’ll be gone in three months.”
He said to Ridge that polling is concerning he said, “It was on the 29th when we didn’t leave that’s when this has all gone wrong up until then people were prepared to give Theresa May the benefit of the doubt.
“The big problem was as soon as we didn’t leave you could see all the poll ratings start to crash.
“And it’s wholly linked to the fact that to Leave or Remain they were all expecting us to go and when we didn’t go it looked like a complete breach with the pledge that we had made and that’s a disaster for a political party.”
The Conservative party has dropped seven points, placing Labour ahead.