Senior Conservative MP calls for General Election if deal is rejected

A senior Conservative MP has called for a General Election if Theresa May’s EU deal is rejected for a second time, as seems likely later today.

Charles Walker, the MP for Broxbourne who has a senior role on the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, has said: “If it doesn’t go through as sure as night follows day there will be a General Election within a matter of days or weeks. It is not sustainable.”

“We cannot continue to behave like this as a government. It is not fit for purpose.

“We are not doing what we need to do, which is govern the country properly. We are letting country down. If we have to have an election then that is what we have to do.”

He has also said reportedly said of May: “She has to get a new mandate for the sake of the country. Needs must when the devil drives. We cannot go on trying to govern like this.”

A General Election looks to be an an increasingly likely possibility, with pro-Brexit ERG and DUP MPs seemingly unlikely to back the deal second time round.