The former Tory leader said Conservative associations were “pathologically determined not to fight the elections” and urged Theresa May to resign. He wrote in the Telegraph: “Let her last act on Brexit be to send a strong signal that instead of fighting the Euros, we will depart if no agreement agreement is reached by the end of June.” Mr Duncan Smith predicted the British public will be furious if the UK does not leave before the October 31 deadline extension agreed in Brussels this week, and slammed the £109million cost of the EU elections.
He said: “We cannot possibly consider fighting these absurd elections. We must resolve instead to say no.
“If we cannot reach and pass an agreement, then we should recognise that between now and the end of June we will complete all preparations to leave without Withdrawal Agreement in a managed way.
“For my party, Conservative associations up and down the country have expressed a strong, almost pathological determination not to fight these elections.”
He also described elections as “absurd”, “humiliating”, “a waste of money” and a “charade which could damage British democracy”.
Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has outlined how his Brexit Party can attract votes from the Tories.
He said: “We are a great nation and a great people. But we are being held back by weak leadership. The time to change this is now.
“We see the next few weeks as the beginning of a fightback against an establishment that has wilfully betrayed our trust.
He added: “Indeed, the word ‘Brexit’ is no longer just about leaving the European Union. It symbolises a wider battle between the people and the politicians.
“Our two-party system is shattered. It must be put out of its misery.”
The local elections are on May 21 and EU elections are May 23, party officials believe motivating volunteers will be very hard for the EU elections.
Ben Bradley MP said his local Mansfield association did not want to spend money on campaigning for elections they did not want to participate in.
“My local team have been grafting for over a year towards these local elections on 2 May and will suffer at the polls through no fault of their own, it’s pretty difficult to pick people up from that and get them to keep going with any intensity until 23 May.”