The Foreign Secretary warned that if the party did not deliver Brexit to the public, a general election would be hugely damaging for the party as Theresa May looks to gain a further extension to Brexit. Mr Hunt’s comments come as Theresa May has visited Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in order to gain support for an extension to Brexit. Speaking on the show Mr Hunt said: “It would be catastrophic for us to face the people again in a general election if we have not delivered Brexit.
“Brexit was out central promise during the last election.”
With the UK now passed the original exit date of March 29, Mrs May has faced heavy pressure from outside and even within her own party as she has failed to deliver on the referendum result.
The Prime Minister has already agreed to an extension date of April 12 if her deal is not accepted and May 22 if it is.
In order to try and gain support for her deal, Mrs May announced to MPs that she would step down from Government if her deal is passed.
Despite telling MPs that she would not “delay Brexit any further than June 30” according to some sources, Mrs May will look for an extension that could run towards the end of the year according to the Independent.
One Conservative source said: “She understands that the Conservative Party feels a sense that new leadership is required for the second phase of negotiations.
“That was the commitment she gave to her parliamentary colleagues and that’s one she stands.”
Mrs May did try to play down the consequences of a long extension as she told reporters ahead of her meeting with the European powers that “what is important is that any extension enables us to leave at the point we ratify the withdrawal agreement”.
While Mrs May was looking for a longer extension to Brexit, back in London former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith warned that Mrs May be forced out of the job if she gets a longer extension.
His comments come as the Tory leader faced increased pressure within her own party following an attempt to hold an indicative vote on her leadership earlier this week.
He said: “I hate to say this but the reality is if we end up going and accepting a year-long, or even a nine-month extension, I think we’re going to have egg all over our face.
“It’s time for us to bite the bullet and say, look, we can’t do this any longer, we have to make a change.”