Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has said Theresa May’s decision to hold a General Election in 2017 was “one of the worst decisions made by any government”.
The MP for for Chingford and Woodford Green told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I did not vote for Theresa May to be leader because I felt we needed a Leaver to campaign to leave.
“I am sorry that because of the fallout of two people, we did not get who I thought should have been.
“At the time, I said it was very difficult and whoever does do it, even if it is a Remainer, they have to get into the mindset of the public.
“They have to make it very clear that we are leaving. At first, Theresa May did actually make that clear.
“The problem comes from the stupid decision that was arguably in history one of the worst decisions in political terms, that has been made by any government.
“They held an election and then ended up without a majority. It is the lack of the majority that has weakened her hand.”
'Cruise along and get their money'
Smith added that the EU “think that they will just cruise along and get their money”.
He said: “I am convinced that had we sat down with the EU and said ‘look, what we said at the beginning is correct, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed – if you don’t agree this, we take everything else back off the table.’
“They think that they will just cruise along and get their money, and all the other arrangements that they have demanded.
“She has to say to them, ‘no, the whole deal now hinges on what you decide you are prepared to understand of our position and come some way to meet us’. At the moment it is all one way.”
He added: “Up until now there has been non final deal placed in front of us, we have been waiting to see what her real mind is.
“But, the reality is that this is it – this is the moment where she has to make a decision – either she gets the EU to recognise they themselves are risking more than they think, or if she doesn’t, she has to make that decision.
“We will all have to make that decision when it comes, and that includes leadership.”